Statistics

Top 10 Employers by Employment in Q2 of 2023 (Reported as of January 2024)

  1. UPMC-Jameson 
  2. DON Services Inc 
  3. Excel Companion Care LLC
  4. New Castle Area School District
  5. Wal-Mart Associates Inc
  6. County of Lawrence
  7. State Government
  8. Ellwood City Forge Company
  9. The Tamarkin Company
  10. Westminster College
Source:
PA Department of Labor & Industry; Center for Workforce Information & Analysis – January 2024
West Central Workforce Development Area; Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages 

OnLine Job Postings in Lawrence County

November 2023:  883 vs. November 2022:  636 
Source:  
PA Department of Labor & Industry; Center for Workforce Information & Analysis – January 2024
West Central Workforce Development Area  Source:  The Conference Board – LightCast – Help Wanted OnLine

Top 5 Industries by % of Employment in Lawrence County

  1. Healthcare & Social Services 21.0% 
  2. Manufacturing 12.9%
  3. Retail Trade 11.8%
  4. Educational Services 8.7%
  5. Accommodation & Food Services 8.6% 

Source:  A Department of Labor & IndustryCenter for Workforce Information & Analysis – January  2024 ; West Central Workforce Development AreaQuarterly Census of Employment  

Top 10 – 2023-2024 High Priority Occupations for Lawrence/Mercer County – Ranked by Employment % increase expected due to projected need in 2030

Occupation 

Education Attainment 

% Increase Expected by 2030

Annual Openings 

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Long Term, On-The-Job Training

23.7% 

44

Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers

Moderate Term, On-The-Job Training 

17.3% 

69

Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Long Term, On-The-Job Training 

14.3% 

7

Passenger Vehicle Drivers

Short Term, On-The-Job Training

12.5% 

87

Architectural & Civil Drafters

Associate Degree

11.1% 

9

Electricians

Long Term, On-The-Job Training

10.5% 

45

Supervisors – Personal Svc/Entertain’t/Recr’n/Workers

Work Experience

10.0% 

24

Network & Computer Systems Administrators

Bachelor’s Degree

10.0% 

8

Police & Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

Moderate Term, On-The-Job Training

9.5% 

37

Secondary School Teachers

Bachelor’s Degree 

7.5% 

63

Source: PA Department of Labor & Industry; Center for Workforce Information & Analysis – August 1, 2023 thru July 31, 2024West Central Workforce Development Area 

Top 10 – 2023-2024 High Priority Occupations for Lawrence/Mercer County – Ranked by Expected Annual Openings

Occupation 

Education Attainment 

Annual Openings 

Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Post-Secondary Training Program 

182

Passenger Vehicle Drivers

Short Term, On-The-Job Training 

87

Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerks

Post-Secondary Training Program+

84

Sales Representatives

Moderate Term, On-The-Job Training 

79

Supervisors – Office & Administrative Support Workers

Work Experience

77

Nursing Assistants

Post-Secondary Training

70 

Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers

Moderate Term, On-The-Job Training

69

Registered Nurses

Bachelor’s Degree 

67

Secondary School Teachers

Bachelor’s Degree

63

Accountants & Auditors

Bachelor’s Degree 

53 

Supervisors – Production & Operating Workers

Work Experience

60

Source: PA Department of Labor & IndustryCenter for Workforce Information & Analysis – August 1, 2023 thru July 31, 2024West Central Workforce Development Area 

Top 10 – High Priority Occupations for Lawrence/Mercer County – Ranked by Entry Level Wages (August 1, 2023 thru July 31, 2024)

Occupation 

Education Attainment 

Telecommunications Line Installers & Repairers 

Long Term, On-The-Job Training 

Software Developers

Bachelor’s Degree 

Computer Network Architects

Bachelor’s Degree+

Computer Systems Analysts

Bachelor’s Degree

Secondary School Teachers

Bachelor’s Degree 

Registered Nurses

Bachelor’s Degree

Information Systems Analysts

Bachelor’s Degree+ 

Network & Computer Systems Administrators

Bachelor’s Degree

Supervisors – Construction & Extraction Workers

Work Experience

Respiratory Therapists

Associate’s Degree

Source: PA Department of Labor & IndustryCenter for Workforce Information & Analysis – August 1, 2023 thru July 31, 2024; West Central Workforce Development Area 

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