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  • Labor Market Information
  • Employment by Occupation
  • Commute Times
  • Wages
  • Educational Attainment
Labor Market Information
Period Civilian Labor Force Total Employment Total Unemployment Unemployment Rate (%)
September 2020 151,200 136,100 15,100 10.0
August 2020 150,300 132,000 18,300 12.2
July 2020 151,100 129,300 21,800 14.5
June 2020 152,400 127,900 24,600 16.1
May 2020 155,900 130,100 25,800 16.5
April 2020 157,800 127,900 29,900 19.0
March 2020 159,500 147,700 11,800 7.4
February 2020 159,200 149,700 9,500 6.0
January 2020 158,900 149,400 9,500 6.0
December 2019 159,400 149,200 10,200 6.4
November 2019 159,100 149,300 9,800 6.1
October 2019 160,400 150,800 9,600 6.0
Revised: 12/01/2020
Source: PA Department of Labor and Industry
Employment By Occupation
  Hazleton Area School District Luzerne County

Hazleton /
Wilkes-Barre /
Scranton MSA

Occupation Estimate Percent Estimate Percent Estimate Percent
Civilian employed population 16 years and over 32,327 153,698 265,248
Management, business, science, and arts occupations 7,462 23.1 49,780 32.4 88,842 33.5
Service occupations 4,053 12.5 28,162 18.3 50,301 19.0
Sales and office occupations 7,132 22.1 32,007 20.8 55,391 20.9
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations 3,230 10.0 11,870 7.7 22,083 8.3
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations 10,470 32.4 31,879 20.7 48,631 18.3
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 American Community Survey
Commute Times
  Hazleton Area School District Luzerne County Hazleton /
Wilkes-Barre /
Scranton MSA
Travel time to work Estimate Percent Estimate Percent Estimate Percent
Workers 16 years and over 31,161 146,402 248,082
Less than 10 minutes 5,109 32.6 23,543 16.1 39,454 15.9
10 to 29 minutes 17,645 56.6 81,976 56.0 142,709 57.5
30 to 59 minutes 5,469 17.6 30,039 20.5 49,441 19.9
60 or more minutes 2,938 9.4 10,844 7.4 16,478 6.6
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 American Community Survey
Wages
May 2019 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Scranton / Wilkes-Barre / Hazleton MSA
Occupation Employment Mean Hourly Mean Annual
All Occupations 259,700 $21.24 $44,170
Management Occupations 9,070 $51.17 $106,440
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 8,640 $30.62 $63,690
Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations 3,520 $33.95 $70,620
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 3,050 $36.53 $75,970
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1,120 $32.00 $66,560
Community and Social Services Occupations 4,810 $21.68 $45,090
Legal Occupations 1,340 $35.99 $74,850
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 13,810 $28.70 $59,690
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1,940 $21.88 $45,500
Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations 17,900 $35.49 $73,820
Healthcare Support Occupations 14,180 $14.27 $29,690
Protective Service Occupations 5,930 $23.21 $48,280
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,450 $11.25 $23,390
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 7,180 $13.80 $28,700
Personal Care and Service Occupations 5,210 $12.75 $26,510
Sales and Related Occupations 24,060 $17.52 $36,450
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,620 $17.79 $37,010
Construction and Extraction Occupations 8,360 $24.24 $50,420
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 11,090 $21.45 $44,610
Production Occupations 22,600 $18.28 $38,020
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,440 $16.62 $34,560
Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics
Educational Attainment
  Hazleton Area School District Luzerne County Hazleton /
Wilkes-Barre /
Scranton MSA
Educational Attainment Estimate Percent Estimate Percent Estimate Percent 
Population 25 years and over 49,035 227,307 396,701
Less than 9th grade 2,901 5.9 6,727 3.0 10,979 2.7
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 3,294 6.7 12,631 7.4 23,383 6.7
High school graduate (includes
equivalency)
22,121 45.1 90,591 39.2 155,544 38.5
Some college, no degree 9,364 19.1 45,260 17.3 71,882 16.7
Associate's degree 4,499 9.2 22,953 9.5 37,963 9.9
Bachelor's degree 3,608 7.4 28,992 14.9 59,086 16.1
Graduate or professional degree 3,248 6.6 20,153 8.7 37,864 9.3
Percent high school graduate or
higher
87.4 (x) 91.5 (x) 91.3 (x)
Percent bachelor's degree or
higher
14.0 (x) 21.6 (x) 24.4 (x)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 American Community Survey
15
colleges and universities
100+
degree programs offered
45K
students enrolled
11K
students graduated in 2018-2019
9K
graduated with a Bachelor's degree or higher

Greater Hazleton offers the presence of educational institutions such as Penn State University (PSU-Hazleton) and Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) that assist our local industries. LCCC and PSU are able to customize training programs to meet the needs of employers. Both campuses offer continuing education to adults and incumbent workers in such concentrations as precision machine and welding technology, industrial electricity, professional truck driving, and engineering.  

Luzerne County Community College has collaborated with the Hazleton Area School District and CAN DO to bring an industrial maintenance technician (IMT) program to Greater Hazleton. Uniquely designed to fit the needs of the community, this program is available to both the rising workforce as well as underemployed members of the community. The IMT program will allow students to gain technical training skills needed by current and future employers within the region. High school students enrolled in the Hazleton Area School District’s Career Center program have the ability to earn college credits while working toward a degree or certificate customized to the needs of local industries.

Penn State Hazleton also offers an industrial maintenance program with an Advanced Process Automation certificate program. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a certificate from Penn State's College of Engineering. The program includes industrial math and electricity, motor controls and programmable logic controllers classes.

PSU Hazleton also provides a first-of-its-kind Alternative Energy and Power Generation track within the General Engineering degree program that prepares graduates to enter the job market in the evolving alternative and renewable energy sector, as well as the power generation industry.

In addition to LCCC and PSU, Johnson College and Penn College of Technology also have industrial programs available to help students prepare for the workforce. These colleges have associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees in programs such as architectural technology, automotive technology, electrical technology, electronic engineering, HVAC, manufacturing technology, and welding. These college programs have 80-100 percent job placements.

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