New Report Identifies Which Industries Are the Main Employers in Chester County

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Education services and the healthcare industry are the main employers in Chester County. Image via Jessica Kourkounis, NewsWorks.

The boom in the health industry and the expanding education workforce in Philadelphia is having a positive impact on the suburbs, according to a report in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

According to a study from Data USA, these services are now the main employers in Chester County. The data shows that, with 61,062 employees between the two industries, educational services and healthcare account for nearly a quarter of the county’s workforce.


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The next largest industry by number of employees is professional, scientific, management, administration, and waste management with 43,153 workers. Manufacturing comes next with 30,529 employees.

Overall, employment in Chester County has grown by a rate of 1.29 percent since 2014. However, out of all of the positions, the highest-paid jobs in the area tend to be in the fields of legal, management, technology, and mathematics.

The data also shows that the area’s most common industries for employment are management, business, science, and sales. Also, compared to other counties, Chester County has an unusually high number of residents who work in the farming, fishing, and forestry, life, social science, and management fields.

Read more about Data USA’s findings in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.

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