South Central Pennsylvania
Economy Overview

Adams County

Cumberland County

Dauphin County

Franklin County

Juniata County

Lebanon County

Perry County

York County


  • As of 2023, the region’s population has increased by 4.6% since 2018, growing by 66,412. Population is expected to increase by 5.4% between 2023 and 2028, adding 81,153.
  • From 2018 to 2023, jobs declined by 0.4% in South Central Pennsylvania (SCPa Works) region from 731,783 to 729,207. This change fell short of the national growth rate of 3.6% by 4.0%. As the number of jobs declined, the labor force participation rate decreased from 65.1% to 63.8% between 2018 and 2023.
  • Concerning educational attainment, 18.3% of the selected regions’ residents possess a Bachelor’s Degree (2.8% below the national average), and 9.1% hold an Associate’s Degree (0.2% above the national average).
  • The top three industries in 2023 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 5/2024