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Workforce & Training

Work Force Characteristics

Pike County's labor force still retains a strong work ethic. The County’s location in the Northeast provides some distinct advantages, such as diversity and a strong family orientation. Pennsylvania Department of Labor figures indicate that in 1990 Pike County’s labor force was 12,313; more recent Feb. 2010 figures estimate it to be 28,000. In addition to the labor force directly available in Pike County, workers from three nearby areas of Pennsylvania, as well as Orange County, New York, and Sussex County, New Jersey, provide an available employment base of more than 500,000.

Labor Force 2010-2011
CountyOct. ‘10Oct . ‘11
Pike27,44927,647
Monroe80,41681,327
Lackawanna105,605106,274
Wayne25,28425,585
Sullivan, NY34,39333,938
Orange, NY178,192176,252
Sussex, NJ83,28685,156
Total534,625536,179

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, PA Center for Workforce Information & Analysis

COMMUTING PATTERNS FROM PIKE COUNTY FOR 2000
County of work# of workers commuting there
PennsylvaniaNew YorkNew Jersey
Pike Co.5,464Orange Co.1,976Sussex Co.1,662
Wayne Co.1,928New York Co.1,004Morris Co.1,218
Monroe Co.1,841Kings Co.300Bergen Co.412
Lackawanna Co.344Queens Co.208Essex Co.373
Northampton Co.111Sullivan Co.162Passaic Co.234
Luzerne Co.93Bronx Co.157Hudson Co.179
Lehigh Co.76Westchester Co.97Union Co.177
Bucks Co.40 Richmond Co.94Warren Co.169
Columbia Co.40Rockland Co.90Middlesex Co.96
Philadelphia Co.26Nassau Co.80Somerset Co.94
Commuters by State:Suffolk Co.59Monmouth31
Dutchess Co.33Hunterdon Co.27
Ulster Co.31Ocean Co.27
*4,4994,2914,699

*Total excludes Pike

2000 Census – Mean travel time to work for Pike County is 46 minutes, the highest in Pennsylvania.

Source: PA Center for Workforce Information and Analysis

PIKE COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
Month20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
January5.16.05.86.06.75.16.26.37.210.210.6
February5.77.16.46.47.86.55.45.47.810.410.5
March5.77.06.16.56.96.15.15.08.011.39.9
April4.45.14.95.16.26.14.75.08.010.09.9
May4.55.14.65.15.46.04.65.38.211.39.4
June3.85.34.35.54.85.84.75.48.610.410.6
July4.14.84.76.15.56.65.35.68.110.410
August4.05.14.55.85.55.94.55.68.210.09.9
September3.94.24.64.95.75.64.24.98.910.69.4
October4.04.74.15.45.54.94.15.58.89.49.5
November4.75.54.95.65.95.54.15.89.09.200
December4.24.84.85.75.04.84.87.29.89.800
Annual Ave4.55.25.06.15.76.04.75.68.410.900

Source: PA Center for Workforce Information and Analysis

Unemployment Rate.pdf
August 2011 UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FOR SURROUNDING COUNTIES
Orange County, NY7.7Sullivan County, NY8.3
Sussex County, NJ8.5Monroe County, PA9.9
Lackawanna County, PA9.6Wayne County, PA6.8

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, PA Center for Workforce Information and Analysis

Wage Statistics

Average Annual Wages by Major Occupational Group
SOC CodeMajor Occupational GroupCounty WagePA Wage
00-0000Total All Occupations$34,490$42,040
11-0000Management Occupations$74,870$99,810
13-0000Business and Financial Operations Occupations$52,980$64,780
15-0000Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,030$73,090
17-0000Architecture and Engineering Occupations$50,130$68,300
19-0000Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$52,490$65,880
21-0000Community and Social Services Occupations$46,260$38,780
23-0000Legal Occupations$55,110$97,780
25-0000Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,320$52,000
27-0000Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$40,090$45,470
29-0000Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$60,650$65,120
31-0000Healthcare Support Occupations$23,790$26,440
33-0000Protective Service Occupations$37,490$41,480
35-0000Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,080$21,160
37-0000Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,990$25,690
39-0000Personal Care and Service Occupations$21,770$23,810
41-0000Sales and Related Occupations$28,780$36,210
43-0000Office and Administrative Support Occupations$28,560$32,560
45-0000Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$28,580$28,360
49-0000Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$38,590$44,360
51-0000Production Occupations$32,620$41,170
53-0000Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,790$34,380
55-0000Military Specific OccupationsN/AN/A

Source: Center for Workforce Information and Analysis
May 2009 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey

More wage statistics for specific occupations in Pike County can be accessed at the PA Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.

Union Relations

In 2005, Penn's Northeast commissioned a study of union relations in the Northeast PA region including Pike County. Download the study.

Higher Education

Colleges in the Region
Keystone College - PIKE COUNTY WEEKENDER PROGRAM, DELAWARE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS!
Marist Collegewww.marist.eduGoshen, NY 845-575-3226
East Stroudsburg Universitywww.esu.eduEast Stroudsburg, PA 570-422-3211
Orange Co. Com. Collegewww.sunyorange.eduMiddletown, NY 845-344-6222
Sussex Co. Com. Collegewww.sussex.eduNewton, NJ 973-300-2253
*Northampton Community Collegewww.northampton.eduBethlehem, PA 610-861-5500
Baptist Bible College & Seminarywww.bbc.eduClarks Summit, PA 570-586-2400
*Misericordia Universitywww.misericordia.eduDallas, PA 570-674-6400
Johnson Collegewww.johnson.eduScranton, PA 570-342-6404
The University of Scrantonwww.uofs.eduScranton, PA 570-941-7400
King’s Collegewww.kings.eduWilkes-Barre, PA 888-KINGSPA
Keystone Collegewww.keystone.eduLa Plume, PA 570-945-5141
*Lackawanna Collegewww.lackawanna.eduScranton, PA 800-458-2050
Wilkes Universitywww.wilkes.eduWilkes-Barre, PA 800-WILKES-U
Luzerne Co. Com. Collegewww.luzerne.eduNanticoke, PA 800-377-LCCC
Marywood Universitywww.marywood.eduScranton, PA 800-346-5014
Penn St. Wilkes-Barrewww.wb.psu.eduWilkes-Barre, PA 800-966-6613
Penn St. W/Scrantonwww.sn.psu.eduScranton, PA 570-963-2500
Commonwealth Medical Collegewww.thecommonwealthmedical.comScranton, PA 570-504-70

*NEW Lake Wallenpaupack Campus!

Colleges Serving the Region
AlverniaBloomsburg University
Reading, PA 610-796-8200Bloomsburg, PA 570-389-4316
Bucknell UniversityHarrisburg Area Com. College
Lewisburg, PA 570-577-1101Harrisburg, PA 717-780-2300
Lehigh UniversityMansfield University
Bethlehem, PA 610-758-3000Mansfield, PA 570-662-4000
Pennsylvania College of TechnologyDrew University
Williamsport, PA 800-367-9222Madison, NJ 973-408-3000
Penn State HazletonLafayette College
Hazelton, PA 570-450-3000Easton, PA 610-330-6000
Bloomfield CollegeCaldwell College
Bloomfield, NJ 973-748-9000 Caldwell, NJ 973-618-3000
Centenary CollegeLehigh Carbon Com. College
Hackettstown, NJ 908-852-1400Schnecksville, PA 610-799-2121
Cedar Crest CollegeKutztown University
Allentown, PA 610-437-4471Kutztown, PA 610-683-4000

Training

In addition to higher education, workforce training providers also abound in the region.

CDE Career Institute
100 North Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Suite 100
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702
570-823-3891
cde.edu
American Design Institute
78 Front Street
Port Jervis, NY 12771-2415
845-858-8878
McCann School of Business and Technology
2227 Scranton Carbondale Highway
Dickson City, PA 18519
1888-790-4877
www.mccann.edu/dickson-city.htm
Career Technology Center of Lackawanna Cty
3201 Rockwell Avenue
Scranton, PA 18058-1491
570-346-8471
www.ctclc.edu
New Horizons Computer Learning Center
145 Centerpoint Blvd.
Pittston, PA 18640
570-602-2709
www.newhorizons.com
Fortis Institute Scranton
517 Ash Street
Scranton, PA 18509
570-558-1818
www.fortis.edu/scranton-pennsylvania.php
New Horizons Computer Learning Center
1639 State Rt 10
Parsippany, NJ, 07054 USA
732-767-1000
www.newhorizons.com
ITT Technical Institute
1000 Meade Street
Dunmore, PA 18512-3195
570-330-0600
www.itt-techn.edu
Revolutionary Education Center
1619 Main Street
Olyphant, PA 18447
570-483-3600
www.revolutionary.cc
Smith & Solomon
98 Grove Street
Dupont, PA 18641-2228
570-602-8780
www.smithsolomon.com
Trans American Technical Institute
109 Trans Amer Road
Jermyn, PA 18433-3513
570-222-4884
www.transamericantech.com
Monroe Career & Technical Institute
Laurel Lake Drive
Bartonsville, PA 18321
570-629-2001
www.monroecti.org
Prime Tech Training
195 Blakeslee Blvd Drive East
Lehighton, PA 18235
610-377-9790
www.primetechtraining.com
University of Scranton, Center for Professional Training & Dev
O’Hara Hall 1st Floor
Scranton, PA 18510
570-941-4838
www.academic.scranton.edu/department/cce

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MEETING SCHEDULE
PIKE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
2015
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