Economy
Change in Jobs by Sector, 2017


Change in Jobs by Sector, 2017

What does this measure?

The net growth or decline in jobs by sector, shown as a percentage gain or loss from 2001 to 2017.

Why is this important?

Job growth by sector is a key indicator of economic vitality, and reveals how the structure of industry and the composition of employment in the region are changing.

How is our county doing?

In 2017, there were an estimated 158,600 jobs in Erie County. Total jobs were down slightly from 2001, but specific sectors saw significant gains and losses during this period. Meanwhile, job growth occurred in Pennsylvania (11%) and the U.S. (18%).

The largest industries in Erie County in 2017 were Health Care and Social Assistance with, 26,000; Trade, Transportation and Utilities, with 25,700 jobs; and Manufacturing, with 19,900 jobs. Health Care and Social Assistance experienced a 37% job increase since 2001. Manufacturing declined 37% and Trade, Transportation and Utilities saw a drop of 7%.

Among smaller industries, Educational Services saw a 27% increase in jobs from 2001 to 2017, for a total of 5,700 jobs. Leisure and Hospitality saw a 23% rise, resulting in 16,400 jobs. Natural Resources and Mining, the county's smallest sector with just 750 jobs, saw 31% growth. The Information sector, which accounted for 1,400 jobs, saw a 54% decrease.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Erie County's 2% overall decline in jobs from 2001-17 was similar to the decline in Stark County, OH; greater than Broome County, NY, with a 9% drop; and less than Luzerne County, PA, which experienced 7% growth. The largest sector in Stark and Luzerne in 2017 was Trade, Transportation and Utilities. In Broome, the largest employer was Government.

From 2001-17, Stark saw a 37% decline in manufacturing and a 31% gain in Financial Activities. Meanwhile, Broome lost half its manufacturing jobs and saw a 71% gain in Financial Activities jobs, but the latter sector still accounted for fewer than 1 in 10 jobs in the county in 2017. Luzerne saw a 57% decline in Information jobs while seeing gains of 35% in Educational Services and 13% in Natural Resources and Mining - all relatively small sectors for the county.

Notes about the data

County-level estimates are based on relatively small samples, and the true number may vary considerably from the estimate. Data for this indicator are released annually in April.

Change in Jobs by Sector, 2017
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States-14%8%56%47%5%46%-16%37%-21%51%23%31%11%18%
Pennsylvania-4%5%37%36%-2%35%-31%28%-29%64%9%30%3%11%
Erie County, PA-11%-14%27%23%2%37%-54%23%-37%31%1%-1%-7%-2%
Stark County, OH-14%-4%27%31%-3%19%-25%26%-37%0%-6%3%-8%-2%
Broome County, NY-18%-2%3%71%-5%19%-43%21%-52%0%15%-23%-9%-9%
Luzerne County, PA-15%-8%35%28%-5%23%-57%18%-30%13%-0%21%20%7%

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.




Total Jobs by Sector, 2017
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States2,631,00010,634,6004,691,20019,616,10024,405,00022,201,2003,384,40019,152,90013,304,8002,437,50011,168,20028,476,90034,028,400196,132,200
Pennsylvania80,282394,210304,510722,746773,1211,102,335101,126678,374596,36070,260424,9771,064,1221,372,8627,685,285
Erie County, PA1,7776,7275,65012,76417,80825,9801,39016,36219,9337509,38814,28825,737158,554
Stark County, OH1,43511,9345,34917,28220,24430,4152,01021,28025,9532,70612,70222,31837,336210,964
Broome County, NY6395,3271,1358,29918,86216,8881,64310,5268,1475766,12310,82517,006108,953
Luzerne County, PA6418,0345,43815,08718,78125,9392,08215,72116,5816248,90521,86045,171184,864

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.




INDICATORS TREND | ERIE COUNTY
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Increasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing