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Attracting Quality Employers to Northeastern Pennsylvania!

Workforce and Training

NEPA is known throughout the United States for its dedicated and highly productive workforce.

Several major businesses in Northeastern Pennsylvania have already seen the advantages of doing business in our centrally located region. When you ask these companies why they chose Northeastern Pennsylvania, most of the time you’ll hear it's because of our strong, dedicated and affordable workforce!  


Labor Availability 

NEPA's total labor force of 494,000 is renowned for its productivity.

Local employers report that most non-skilled workers will commute up to 20 miles to work while skilled workers will commute more than 30 miles. Local commutes are enhanced by an excellent interstate and local road network. 

  • Average daily commute is 21 minutes throughout NEPA.

  • With a population of over one million residents, almost half o Pennsylvania's population is included in our workforce.

  • 19 colleges, universities and community colleges with over 40 thousand students enrolled and are preparing to enter the workforce.

  • Some of the strongest job training programs in the country are established in our area to help ensure the workforce in NEPA maintains its skills.

Low on Cost, High on Value

  • Labor costs in Northeastern Pennsylvania are around 20% below the U.S. average. Compare our region to close metro areas including New York City and Northern New Jersey and costs are around 40% less.

  • There are various state and local programs created to help make opening a business affordable in NEPA including tax credits, state grants and low interest loans.​

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