South Central Pennsylvania
Economy Overview

Adams County

Cumberland County

Dauphin County

Franklin County

Juniata County

Lebanon County

Perry County

York County


  • As of 2022, the region’s population increased by 4.1% since 2017, growing by 59,339. Population is expected to increase by 4.4% between 2022 and 2027, adding 65,264.
  • From 2017 to 2022, jobs increased by 0.2% in South Central Pennsylvania (SCPa Works) region from 722,644 to 724,267. This change fell short of the national growth rate of 3.8% by 3.6%. As the number of jobs increased, the labor force participation rate decreased from 65.7% to 64.0% between 2017 and 2022.
  • Concerning educational attainment, 18.0% of the selected regions’ residents possess a Bachelor’s Degree (2.8% below the national average), and 9.0% hold an Associate’s Degree (0.1% above the national average).
  • The top three industries in 2022 are Restaurants and Other Eating Places, Warehousing and Storage, and Education and Hospitals (Local Government).

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In-Demand Skills

Data contained here is provided to you by Lightcast

Updated 9/2023