The Central Pennsylvania Workforce

In Central Pennsylvania, our skilled workforce is ready to be a part of your business success. We pride ourselves on a strong work ethic sought after by many national and international companies. Innovation and entrepreneurship characterize the spirit of both our businesses and the workforce that drives their success.

WATCH this video by the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation to listen to what team members from leading employers have to say about living and working in Central Pennsylvania…

Innovative, Forward-thinking Workforce Preparedness & Training Initiatives

A statewide movement for accountability, readiness, and training

A local level workforce preparedness initiative, a voluntary collaborative worker certification program designed to match local employers with a quality workforce.


Manufacturing Wages in Central Pennsylvania

(Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder & Union Counties

Average Hourly Wage for  Helpers-Production Workers in the Region is $14.85 [SOC: 51-9198]


CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SELF SUFFICIENCY REPORT – Identifies the local Self-Sufficiency wage and provides comparisons to household income, occupational wages, and other comparisons. 

Hourly Self-Sufficiency Wages* – Central Pennsylvania: $20.34

Annual Self-Sufficiency Wages* – Central Pennsylvania: $42,300


Population Commuting Patterns

Residents of the Central Pennsylvania region have always traveled across municipal boundaries to work, live, shop and play. Our population commutes an average of 22 minutes on our accessible, congestion-free roads.

Click here to view 2013-2015 commuting patterns.

Training Your Workforce in Pennsylvania

Technical and training support is available from the many education and learning assets of the region, including:

 Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program is expanding as a result of a multi-million dollar federal grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Workforce Data and Information in Pennsylvania

CWIA is a bureau staffed by statisticians, analysts, and economists within the PA Department of Labor & Industry designated by the Governor’s Office as the primary source of labor market information for the commonwealth. This office provides timely, objective, and credible workforce and economic statistics and analysis to help make informed policy, business and career decisions that strengthen Pennsylvania’s economic security.  Find information on County Profiles that include a map of Pennsylvania with the county highlighted, population of the county (total, projected and age distribution), online job postings, Labor Force and unemployment rate, Personal income (per capita, total and median household), Major employers by industry sector, Employment and wages by industry sector, and Wages by major occupational group, Unemployment rates and much more.

Degrees Conferred by Program in the Focus Central Pennsylvania Region