Lehigh Valley Labor, Industry & Occupational Data: New PSLV Report

The Office of Institutional Planning at Penn State Lehigh Valley recently released a new report that provides an overview of Labor & Industry Data, High Priority Occupations, and Fields of Growth within the Lehigh Valley service area. The report is a compilation of resources and materials from various national, state, and local sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.

Highlights of Labor & Industry Data, High Priority Occupations, and Projected Occupational Growth Fields for PSLV Service Area, 2010-2020/2040 include:

—Overall employment in the Lehigh Valley will grow 37.7%, adding 131,410 jobs to the local economy, from 2010-2040. The majority of industries in the Lehigh Valley will see gains in employment.

—There are 45 High Priority Occupations (HPOs) projected to have a 5% increase or more in total number from 2010 to 2020.

—23 of the 45 HPOs are within the Health Care field.

—The Health Care and Social Assistance sector is projected to gain the most jobs, followed by Professional and Business Services, and Construction, by 2040.

Additional service area data and demographics can be found on the Lehigh Valley Service Area Data webpage.

Interactive High School Graduation Rates Map

The Education Week website has a variety of resources and tools to explore High School Graduation Rates, including an online Interactive High School Graduation Rates Map which showcases graduation rates from 1999 through 2010 in a user-friendly data visualization.

The map links to state-wide information and even hones in on individual district information through the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center: http://www.edweek.org/apps/gmap/

Also available are State Data Briefs and the Diplomas Count 2013 Full Report.

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Social Media Survey: Infographic on Demographics of Users

Data Source: Pew Research Center, The Demographics of Social Media Users 2012

Infographic Source: Docstoc Articles, April 2013

Lehigh Valley Holds on to Top 10 Economic Development Ranking

3D chrome Dollar symbolBy  Scott Kraus, Of The Morning Call, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 10:33 PM

“The Lehigh Valley hung on to its top 10 economic development status in Site Selection magazine’s 2012 ranking of metropolitan areas.

It’s the fifth consecutive year that the Lehigh Valley has broken into the top 10 in its category: metropolitan areas with populations between 200,000 and 1 million. It ranked ninth in this year’s survey, down from fourth in 2011 and seventh in 2010.”

Access the complete article via The Morning Call website:


Lehigh County is Fastest Growing County in PA


The PA State Data Center recently shared 2012 County Population Estimates.

From the report:

Lehigh County is Pennsylvania’s fastest growing county, according to the 2012 County Population Estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. From April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012, Lehigh County’s total population increased from 349,497 to 355,245 residents, a growth-rate of 1.6 percent. The Commonwealth also boasted three counties among the top 100 largest nationally in 2012: Philadelphia, 22nd (1,547,607), Allegheny, 31st (1,229,338) and Montgomery, 71st (808,460).

Philadelphia County, which grew by 21,601 people, had the largest estimated numeric gain in population between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2012 among Pennsylvania counties. Montgomery and Chester counties, located just outside of Philadelphia, followed with estimated population increases of 8,579 and 7,697, respectively. Taken together, these three counties accounted for 61.9 percent of Pennsylvania’s overall population increase of 61,157 during the period.

Click here to access the brief.

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Annual Report 2012

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission has released its 2012 Annual Report which showcases progress made in 2012 and initiatives set for 2013. To review the report: LVPC Annual Report 2012

Further information about LVPC can be found at www.lvpc.org

Working College Students: U.S. Census Data

workThe U.S. Census Bureau recently released a report based on the 2011 American Community Survey regarding the work life of college students.

The School Enrollment and Work Status: 2011 brief highlights statistics on school enrollment and examines the proportion of students who worked and the amount of time they worked over the previous year. For example, the majority of undergraduate college students, 72 percent, worked during the year.

Some other highlights included in the brief are:

–In 2011, 20 percent of college undergraduate students worked full-time, year-round.

–Almost half of graduate students worked full-time, year-round.

–The majority of graduate students, 82 percent, worked at least part-time during the year.

Lehigh Valley Employment Forecast 2040


Recently, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) shared the Lehigh Valley Employment Forecast 2040 in its latest newsletter.

According to LVPC:

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) has developed a set of long-term industry and occupational employment forecasts for Lehigh and Northampton counties through 2040. The employment forecasts developed through this process are an extrapolation of historical and more current demographic and economic trends into the future. The forecasts show what the Lehigh Valley economy may look like at some future time if present trends continue. The LVPC needs the employment forecasts to update the region’s travel demand model which uses population and employment data to calculate the expected demand for transportation facilities. We also will use the employment forecasts in the upcoming jobs/housing balance studies and other planning.

The report highlights the following:

  • Past and present trends
  • Full-time and part-time employment
  • Job loss and gain
  • Comparisons to national data
  • Future population and employment projections
  • County-level data
  • Lehigh Valley industry sectors
  • Lehigh Valley occupational forecasts

Visit lvpc.org for more information

2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

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LV Planning Commission: Lehigh Valley Employment To Grow

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The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission recently released its October/November/December 2012 Newsletter which highlights planning news and activities for Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Its feature article, “LVPC releases long range regional employment forecast,” LVPC shares the following data:

Lehigh County’s employment will grow by 38.6% from 2010 to 2040

-Northampton County’s employment will grow by 36.4% from 2010 to 2040

According to the LVPC:

“The rate of employment growth from 2010-2040 (37.7%) in the Lehigh Valley is expected to outpace the rate of employment growth nationally (34.7%) over the same period. This suggests that the Lehigh Valley will remain an economically competitive region due to a variety of factors ranging from proximity to major markets, robust population growth, a growing labor force, and lower costs of production and labor in comparison to other markets.”

Access the newsletter: LVPC Newsletter December 2012