WORKFORCE

Northeastern Pennsylvania is nationally known for its readily-available, cost-competitive, and highly productive workforce.

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Esteemed national site selection consultant John Rhodes of Moran, Stahl & Boyer said, “It’s almost like Northeast PA defines what work ethic is. People come to work with an eagerness and a willingness to get the job done.”

Many NEPA employers agree.

“Our work force at the Entenmann’s Pittston DC confirms that the NEPA strong work ethic is indeed a fact and not a myth. Our employees treat the business as if they own it and pay close attention to detail to ensure that the job is done right. In addition, there is a strong sense of community within the work force that further reinforces the decision that our company made to locate their first-ever cake distribution center in this area.”

GEORGE J. MANTEL, JR., FORMER DISTRIBUTION MANAGER, BIMBO BAKERIES USA

 

“Since relocating our US based call center to Wilkes-Barre in November of 2007, C3i has had the opportunity to recruit and train more than 175 technical people to support our pharmaceutical clients. The workforce in NEPA is very strong, and we are continually able to obtain excellent people who are qualified, professional and dedicated to quality. Our customer satisfaction scores, which are a direct evaluation of our call center personnel, average 96%.”

ROBERT JONES, FORMER CFO, C3I

 

“I can honestly say that coming back to Pennsylvania and managing a facility where the employees care about their job, have a strong feeling of ownership of their company, and the motivation level to exceed is exciting and beneficial to our facility and company. I have not encountered this work ethic in many of the locations I have managed and lived in. Northeast PA is a company’s best found option for exceeding their expectations.”

BILL WELLIVER, FACILITY MANAGER, TELERX

 

“In 1930, our grandfather Benjamin Cohen opened a small dental depot in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Since then, Benco Dental has become the nation’s largest independent dental distributor, with operations in 35 states. Key to our growth has been the excellent and dedicated team of Benco associates who deliver success, smile after smile, to thousands of dental customers every day. When we outgrew our previous facility, the quality and loyalty of our people made it an easy decision to stay and invest right here in Northeastern PA.”

CHARLES COHEN & RICHARD COHEN, PRESIDENT & SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BENCO DENTAL SUPPLY CO., INC

NEPA has a fairly diversified employment breakdown. The following are 2014 statistics for both Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.

Despite strong growth in several business sectors since 2000, NEPA’s unemployment rate continues to run higher than state and national averages.

The following table compares combined statistics for Lackawanna and Luzerne counties to those for the state and nation.  The rates are seasonally adjusted and have been rounded.

Did you know there are several grant programs available to help you train your employees in NEPA? Visit our Incentives page to learn about WEDnetPA and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Also, you can learn more about the programs and organizations in Northeast PA that will help you find and train your employees by reading Mericle’s Northeastern Pennsylvania Workforce Resources Guide.

Overall average wages per job in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties are compared below to the Pennsylvania counties that compete with NEPA for business.

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Source:  http://www.bea.gov

Northeastern Pennsylvania is home to many well-known companies including dozens of Fortune 1000 firms.  Some of the largest operations are listed below.

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For more information about wage rates, occupational breakdowns, unemployment rates, etc., please visit the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis Website at www.paworkstats.state.pa.us/.

 

NEPA BY THE NUMBERS

17,602

EMPLOYED IN TRANSPORTATION & WAREHOUSING

44,245

EMPLOYED IN HEALTHCARE

25,058

EMPLOYED IN MANUFACTURING

55,000

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