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Annual Change in Total Jobs

What does this measure?

The growth or decline in total jobs, shown as a percentage gain or loss from the previous year.

Why is this important?

Job growth is a key indicator of economic health and vitality and reveals whether and by how much an economy is expanding. In addition to the number of jobs, the quality of jobs should be considered. This is reflected in measures of average salary.

How does our county compare?

Lancaster County had job growth of 3.6% from 2020 to 2021, above the state and nation rates of 2.8% and 3.0% respectively. Since 2001, the number of jobs in the county increased 18% to a total of 340,700 jobs, a growth rate higher than the state (10%) and slightly lower than the nation (22%).

Lancaster's annual growth rate was the same or higher than all neighboring counties (which ranged from 2.2% to 3.6%).

Notes about the data

Data is from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. County employment is reported by place of work, not place of residence.

Annual Change in Total Jobs
200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
PennsylvaniaN/A-0.4%-0.2%1.1%1.5%1.4%1.6%0.2%-2.4%0.3%1.4%0.9%0.9%1.1%1.0%1.1%0.9%1.3%0.1%-4.6%2.8%
Lancaster CountyN/A-0.0%0.0%2.4%2.0%0.9%1.5%0.1%-2.9%-0.2%0.7%1.6%1.3%2.3%2.3%2.1%1.2%2.1%0.3%-4.0%3.6%
Berks CountyN/A-1.2%-1.0%1.8%1.8%3.1%1.2%-0.6%-3.5%0.6%1.2%0.5%0.7%1.4%1.3%0.9%0.4%1.5%0.6%-5.8%2.2%
Chester CountyN/A0.2%1.0%2.7%3.9%2.9%3.5%1.3%-2.0%-0.0%1.4%0.6%1.8%1.3%1.7%2.8%0.6%1.1%-0.4%-3.4%3.4%
Cumberland CountyN/A0.7%0.7%1.7%0.2%1.2%0.9%-0.3%-2.6%-0.3%2.3%1.6%1.2%1.9%2.6%0.1%0.8%1.3%1.1%-3.4%3.6%
Dauphin CountyN/A0.8%0.2%0.8%1.3%2.5%1.0%0.4%-1.6%-1.1%0.1%-0.2%1.4%0.6%0.9%1.3%1.3%1.9%1.0%-4.4%2.6%
Lebanon CountyN/A0.5%1.2%2.4%2.3%3.0%1.8%-0.6%-1.4%0.9%2.2%2.3%-0.1%-0.4%-0.3%0.5%0.1%1.6%1.1%-3.9%3.5%
York CountyN/A-0.2%0.2%2.5%3.0%1.5%2.2%0.2%-3.9%-0.5%1.2%0.5%0.6%1.0%0.9%1.7%0.9%1.2%0.1%-4.4%3.4%

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Notes: Rate is percentage change from previous year




Total Jobs
200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
Pennsylvania6,915,4646,887,1556,875,8636,951,8407,053,6747,152,6787,265,0457,278,6087,101,5577,119,7767,217,0987,284,5197,350,8547,434,3137,510,3517,593,7337,662,4697,763,3347,773,2467,413,3337,618,631
Lancaster County287,532287,524287,563294,482300,350303,188307,737308,123299,341298,774300,897305,697309,716316,744323,991330,633334,589341,647342,522328,959340,679
Berks County207,227204,712202,718206,368210,061216,496219,162217,938210,367211,636214,240215,262216,789219,852222,716224,682225,489228,794230,210216,755221,592
Chester County283,391283,954286,713294,474305,835314,682325,694330,052323,483323,455328,069330,160336,046340,287346,142355,816357,802361,810360,379348,100359,821
Cumberland County155,302156,338157,406160,108160,460162,320163,724163,250158,983158,541162,242164,907166,807170,019174,465174,609176,051178,259180,307174,220180,473
Dauphin County205,413206,973207,358209,090211,760217,082219,241220,186216,674214,250214,571214,064217,042218,445220,439223,401226,377230,700232,974222,819228,580
Lebanon County58,54458,82959,50660,91362,30264,15065,32864,93664,00364,60866,02067,51567,42667,16766,94667,31467,35868,44269,19766,50768,861
York County211,514211,138211,658217,006223,488226,836231,790232,142223,008221,987224,717225,936227,264229,563231,735235,663237,734240,499240,701230,125237,934

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis




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