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					                   October 2011

               TABLE OF CONTENTS

Employment Snapshot ............................................. 2

Preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Rate.................... 3

Job and Labor Market Overview .............................. 3

Employment Trends ................................................. 6

Targeted Industry Clusters ...................................... 7

Largest Lehigh Valley Employers ........................... 9

High Demand Occupations .................................... 10

Jobs in the Lehigh Valley ....................................... 11

New Hire Wages and Benefits ............................... 12

Cutbacks and Plant Closings ................................ 15

Web Resources ....................................................... 16
October 2011
                     EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT - AUGUST 2011
                                                                                 Change From
                                                                 Latest Month      Last Year

   For The Lehigh Valley (Lehigh & Northampton Counties):
   Lehigh Valley Unemployment Rate                                    9.0%             -0.3%
   Number Employed                                                298,600               1,500
   Number Unemployed                                               29,600                -800
   Workforce                                                      328,200                 700
   Number of Lehigh Valley Jobs                                   270,587               2,260

   Jobs By Sector (ABE Metro Area):
   Manufacturing                                                   36,200                 800
   Wholesale Trade                                                 13,800                 400
   Retail Trade                                                    37,900              -1,000
   Transportation & Warehousing                                    14,000                 300
   Information                                                      5,500                -100
   Financial Activities                                            15,000                -200
   Professional & Business Services                                44,700               2,000
   Educational Services (Private Only)                              9,100              -1,100
   Health Care Services                                            55,300                -300
   Leisure & Hospitality                                           35,700               2,000
   Government                                                      36,700                -500

   For The United States:
   U.S. Unemployment Rate                                             9.1%             -0.5%
   Number Employed (Mil.)                                            139.6                 0.4
   Number Unemployed (Mil.)                                            14.0               -0.9
   Workforce (Mil.)                                                  153.6                -0.5
   Discouraged Rate (%)                                             16.2%              -0.5%
   Discouraged Persons (Mil)                                           24.9               -0.9
                                                                                  Percent of
   How Long Have People Been Unemployed?                         Number (Mil.)    Workforce
                               Less Than 5 Weeks                     2.755            1.8%
                               5 To 14 Weeks                         3.050            2.0%
                               15 to 26 Weeks                        2.239            1.5%
                               More Than 26 Weeks                    6.034            3.9%

                                                                                   Percent
   Unemployment by Education Attainment                          Number (Mil.)   Unemployed

                               No High School Diploma                1.663           14.3%
                               High School Diploma/ No College       3.531            9.6%
                               Some College/ Associates Degree       3.038            8.2%
                               Bachelors Degree or Above             2.005            4.3%

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   AUGUST 2011 – AUGUST 2010 SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
                          For Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ Metro Area (ABE MSA)
                           Including Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, & Warren Counties
Chart 1

                           August'11                  9.1%



                              July'11        8.8%



                           August'10                         9.4%


                                    8.4%     8.6%      8.8%       9.0%    9.2%      9.4%    9.6%


                             JOB AND LABOR MARKET OVERVIEW
As reported by the PA Department of Labor and Industry – Center for Workforce Information and
Analysis (CWIA), the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Allentown-
Bethlehem-Easton Metro Area rose by 0.3% to 9.1% in August. The local rate continues to be
higher than Pennsylvania’s rate of 8.2%. The U.S. rate was 9.1% in both July and August. Of the four
counties in the MSA, Carbon County’s seasonally adjusted rate remained the highest at 11.2%, Lehigh
County’s rate rose 0.1% to 9.1% and Northampton County’s rate rose 0.3% to 8.9%.

Total metro area employment (seasonally adjusted) declined by 100 between July and August.
Employment is up by 2,400 over the past year. Jobs (seasonally adjusted) decreased by 1,900 in
August. Over the past year area jobs rose by 2,800 (0.8%) compared to +1.0% for all of
Pennsylvania.

          AUGUST 2011 SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
 For ABE PA-NJ MSA defined boundaries including Carbon County/PA, Lehigh County/PA, Northampton
                               County/PA, and Warren County/NJ

                                          Total                                            Unemployment
        Geographic Area                 Workforce        E mployed       Unemployed            Rate
        U.S . (Million)                     153.6             139.6         1 4.0              9.1%
        Pennsylv ania (Million)             6.31              5.79          0 .52              8.2%
        ABE PA/NJ MSA                      419 ,200          380, 900      38,300              9.1%
        Ca rbon County/PA                  31 ,300           27,8 00        3,500             1 1.2%
        Lehigh County/PA                   176 ,300          160, 200      16,100              9.1%
        Northampton County/PA              151 ,900          138, 400      13,500              8.9%
        Warre n County/NJ                  59 ,700           54,5 00        5,200           8.7% a pprox.




Source: Center for Workforce Information and Analysis/PA Department of Labor and Industry.



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       Despite the recent stagnation of the economy, our workforce rose by 1,200 between July and
August. The workforce rose by 1,500 since August 2010. Even with the rise, we are still 9,800 below the
recent peak of July 2009 as workers became discouraged and dropped out of the workforce.

Chart 2
                                  ABE PA/NJ MSA AVERAGE NUMBER IN
                                      WORKFORCE BY YEAR END

                                                    Current,
                    August'11
                                                    419,200
                                                   Recent Peak,
                       July'09
                                                     429,000

                         2000              Baseline Year
                                             385,300

                            200,000   250,000     3 00,000       3 50,000     400,000      450,000



Although the rate of unemployment is still near the highest it has been since 1986, it does not take into
account the number of discouraged workers and others who are marginally attached to the labor force.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals who are marginally attached to the labor force
wanted and were available for work, had been looking for employment sometime during the last twelve
months, but because they have not actively searched for work in the past four weeks, they are not included
in the unemployment numbers.
In August total U.S. unemployment, part-time and “marginal” employment was 16.2% of the
workforce… nearly 25 million people who were either unemployed, marginally employed or
discouraged. The rate was 15.9% in August 2010.



Chart 3
                             ABE PA/NJ MSA-Total Number of Jobs by Year-End Averages


                                                Current,
                      August'11
                                                335,300

                                                Peak Year,
                          2007
                                                 344,800

                                         Baseline Year,
                          2000
                                            323,400

                            150,000   200,000     250,000       300,000     350,000     400,000   450,000




Metro Area Jobs (seasonally adjusted) decreased by 1,900 in August. Over the past year area jobs
rose by 2,800 (+0.8%) compared to +1.0% for all of Pennsylvania. The August level is 9,500 jobs below
the recent peak in 2007.




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As the economy deteriorated starting in late 2007, service sector jobs such as “Eds” and “Meds” were the
major sources of growth. The Cluster lost 1,400 jobs over the past 12 months, mainly due to a 900 drop in
educational services. In August the cluster lost 1,400 jobs, mainly due to a 1,100 job loss in private
education... “Meds” lost 1,000 jobs in August. The “Eds” tallied here includes only “Private” employers.
Public school teachers are considered to be “Government” employees. Chart 4 reflects the relative
strength in Education and Health Care, although upward momentum has slowed significantly over the past
year.



Chart 4
                              EDUCATION & HEALTH SERVICES - TOTAL NONFARM
                                ALLENTOWN-BETHLEHEM-EASTON PA-NJ MSA

                    August'11                 Current, 64400


                    October'09              Peak Year, 67000

                                         Baseline Year,
                         2000
                                            52300

                                  0     20000          40000     60000       80000

The (Private) Education and Health Care super-sector represented 64,400 jobs in August 2011, 79% higher
than the 36,400 jobs in the sector during 1990…but 2,600 below the recent peak of October 2009.

Chart 5


                          WAREHOUSE & TRANSPORTATIO N - TOTAL NONFARM JOBS
                               ALLENTOWN-BETHLEHEM-EASTON PA-NJ MSA

                    August                    Current, 14000

                       2006                 Peak Year, 14600

                                        Baseline Year,
                       2000
                                           11400

                              0        4000          8000      12000       16000
Warehousing and Transportation jobs reached a record in 2006. The downturn in consumer and business
demand for products lead to a sharp reduction in the need for these services… and jobs since then. August
2011 jobs gained by 300 over the past year, although there was no growth in August. Most Logistics
employers are busy, but at lower levels compared to earlier in the year. The stagnation reflects the real
economy which only grew in the 1% range in the first half of 2011.

Recent U.S. economic growth has been mired in the +1% range. Technically not a recession…but it
feels like one.

The total U.S. labor force grows about 1 percent per year. On top of that, each worker's productivity
grows at about 1.5% per year. In total, we need about 2.5% per year annual growth in the real
economy (GDP) to make a meaningful dent in unemployment.

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                                    EMPLOYMENT TRENDS

    The following is a sampling of the TRENDS identified by employers in the greater Lehigh Valley:

•   Lehigh Valley (ABE Metro) employers expect to hire at a solid pace during the Third Quarter of
    2011 according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. From July to September, 26%
    of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 10% expects to cut staff. Another
    62% expect to maintain their current staff levels and 2% are not certain of their hiring plans. This
    yields a Net Employment Outlook* of +16%. "Employers report stronger hiring plans for the third
    quarter of 2011 compared to Quarter 2 when the Net Employment Outlook was 11," said Manpower
    spokesperson Becky Sokolowski. "Employers expect improved employment prospects compared
    with one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 10%."

•   Due to the depressed economy and competition for jobs, employers are demanding and getting
    persons with specific skill sets, training and credentials. Persons who are “generalists” find it
    increasingly difficult to find employment. There are about 3.0 unemployed persons available for
    each new job opening!

•   All jobs, including those that were once considered menial and labor intensive, now require certain
    minimum levels of computer literacy and mechanical aptitude.

•   While the current environment favors the employer, those in the workforce with the highest level of
    skills have become more opportunistic. They are more willing to consider opportunities in other
    regions in the Northeast U.S. and beyond, including global assignments. Conversely, potential
    employees in other markets are willing to consider positions in the Lehigh Valley.

•   Telecommuting technology and declining importance of a physical presence enable many
    professional and technical employees to consider working for firms that are National or Global in
    scope.

•   While the unemployment rate has increased among many technicians and engineers, employers
    still bemoan the lack of technical people who can take charge and independently develop and
    implement solutions.

•   There is still a demand for employees skilled in industrial and electrical maintenance, machining,
    and welding, especially for outdoors or physically demanding 2nd and 3rd shift positions. The ability
    to “Trouble-Shoot” is an especially sought-after skill.

•   Employers continue to seek qualified inside sales and field sales professionals who are
    “producers”. Call centers providing technical support are still looking for employees with the
    requisite technical and interpersonal skills.

•   Many employees are putting off retirement because of losses in their 401K’s and other investments.
    Some who are already retired are looking to reenter the workforce.




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                        LEHIGH VALLEY TARGETED INDUSTRY CLUSTERS
For the Lehigh Valley to remain competitive in the global economy, we must connect workforce development to the
        demands of business and industry. The direction we are taking is through Industry Clusters.

An Industry Cluster is a group of industries that are closely linked by common product markets, labor pools, similar
       technologies, supplier chains, and/or other economic ties. By working with businesses within the industry
       clusters, we can combine training needs for multiple firms with similar skill needs and help drive a market-based
       approach to workforce development.

We are working to align education and training institutions with employer and employee needs. Education, workforce,
       and economic development must be interconnected to ensure that workers have the skills businesses need to
       be competitive and have the ability to obtain education to compete for higher wage jobs and career
       advancement.

The Lehigh Valley is targeting for growth the following six broad categories of employment clusters:
       Healthcare and Life Sciences, Diversified Manufacturing and Services, Business and Professional
       Services, Information and Communication, Financial Services, and “Green” or Energy Related
       Manufacturing and Services.

These clusters were targeted because we believe that they will:
• Provide above-average wages and be less reliant upon low-wage labor.
• Incorporate a high-technology, knowledge, skill-set component.
• Have synergy with existing Lehigh Valley workforce, infrastructure, educational and other institutions.
• Leverage existing Lehigh Valley assets to minimize land, energy and other resources.
• Expand upon established competitive positioning in the U.S. and globally.
• Have a high value-added component in the local economy.
• Be classified as growth industries at the state and/or national level.

Healthcare and Life Sciences relates to the well-being of the population and those social services provided. Revolves
        around healthcare using direct patient services and research to improve the quality of life for all generations, as
        well as, activities which support healthcare. Life Sciences incorporate findings from research into the
        organization and processes of the body into the exploration and innovation of procedures and new methods of
        caring for patients.
Includes:
• Hospitals
• Ambulatory Healthcare Services
• Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
• Research Facilities

Diversified Manufacturing and Services includes nearly all durable goods manufacturing industries and a number of
        non-durable goods industries. Major technological advances have changed the nature of manufacturing,
        increasing the demand for highly-skilled workers. Most employers in these industries must be flexible in their
        production processes to take full advantage of the rapid and constant technological changes. The viability of
        businesses in this cluster depends on a skilled and competitive workforce.
Includes:
• Chemicals and Plastics
• Electronics, Communication Equipment
• Medical Equipment/Technology and Devices
• Metals/Metal Fabrication, Non-Metallic Products
• Specialty Printing and Packaging Design and Manufacturing
• Vehicle and Vehicle Equipment
• Food Processing
• Supply Chain and Logistics Services
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Business and Professional Services includes all of the services a company needs to operate and sustain business.
        They are targeted towards the business world enabling more efficient operations and the ability of companies to
        better serve their stakeholders and meet organizational goals. Industry involves a range of services and skill
        levels, from marketing consultants and engineering firms to logistics management.
Includes:
• Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
• Specialized Design Services
• Architecture, Accounting, Legal, and Advertising Services
• Data and information processing, disaster recovery

Information and Communication revolves around the production, refinement, and transfer of information and the
        methods employed in its distribution. This includes the main companies that communicate the information, as
        well as those providing support to the industry by providing outlets and servicing the transfer of information.
Includes:
• Software Publishers
• Internet, Services, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting
• Sound Recording, Motion Picture Broadcasting
• Telecommunications

Financial Services deals specifically with Finance, Banking, Credit, and Insurance specializations. These are services
        provided to businesses and consumers, and a high level of skill and specialization are generally required by
        personnel. The included services allow clients to benefit with financial stability, security, coverage, or
        opportunities to change the value of assets.
Includes:
• Securities, Commodity Contracts, and other Financial Investments
• Monetary Authorities, Banks
• Funds, Trusts, and Financial Vehicles
• Insurance Carriers
• Data and customer service centers

“Green” or Energy Related Manufacturing and Services includes industries directly involved in extracting
         materials used to generate both traditional and alternative energy; producing, transmitting, distributing or
         supplying energy or energy efficient technologies; engaged in manufacturing items used to produce or
         conserve energy; engineering, construction and project management firms associated with the energy
         industry; and alternative and renewable energy companies.
Includes:
• Utility companies, including electricity and natural gas distribution, propane and energy related products.
• Petroleum Distribution
• Alternative/renewable energy, including solar, wind, and others.
• Energy conservation equipment manufacturing, products and services.
• Manufacture of alternative energy generation equipment and systems.




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                         TOP 50 EMPLOYERS IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY
                          Includes Lehigh and Northampton counties - 4Q-2010 (initial)



 1   LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL CENTER                                   26   HCR MANOR CARE
 2   ST LUKE'S HOSPITAL                                              27   PPL SERVICES CORP
 3   INTEGRITY STAFFING SOLUTIONS INC                                28   EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
 4   AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS INC                                    29   SANDS BETHWORKS GAMING LLC
 5   ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT                                       30   MACK TRUCKS INC
 6   LEHIGH COUNTY GOVERNMENT CTR                                    31   CARBON-LEHIGH INTERMEDIATE UNIT 21
 7   GIANT FOOD STORES LLC                                           32   CRAYOLA LLC
 8   LEHIGH UNIVERSITY                                               33   EASTON HOSPITAL
 9   BETHLEHEM AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT                                  34   HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE CO
10   NORTHAMPTON COUNTY                                              35   SACRED HEART HOSPITAL
11   SMX CORP                                                        36   CITY OF ALLENTOWN
12   STATE GOVERNMENT                                                37   T MOBILE USA
13   FEDERAL GOVERNMENT                                              38   LAFAYETTE COLLEGE
14   LEHIGH VALLEY PHYSICIAN GROUP                                   39   LEHIGH CARBON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
15   SODEXO                                                          40   GOOD SHEPHERD REHAB NETWORK
16   THE GUARDIAN LIFE INS CO OF AMERICA                             41   WELLS FARGO
17   PARKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT                                        42   COLONIAL INTERMEDIATE UNIT 20
18   WAL-MART ASSOCIATES INC                                         43   VICTAULIC COMPANY OF AMERICA
19   EASTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT                                     44   CITY OF BETHLEHEM
20   B BRAUN MEDICAL INC                                             45   LSI LOGIC CORPORATION
21   NORTHAMPTON CNTY AREA COMM COLLEGE                              46   NORTHAMPTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
22   LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL MUHLENBERG                               47   THE RECEIVABLE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
23   WEGMANS FOOD MARKETS INC                                        48   MUHLENBERG COLLEGE
24   LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO INC                                       49   UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC
25   WEIS MARKETS INC                                                50   WALGREENS

Federal and State Government Entities Aggregated
*Pennsylvania State Government includes all state employment except Penn State University, SEPTA and the System of Higher Education.




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                        HIGH DEMAND OCCUPATIONS

       What Are The Top Occupations In Demand In The Lehigh Valley?
                   HELP WANTED ONLINE ADS
         Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Area Top 25 Occupations
                      From Help Wanted Online Active Ads
                                                             August 2011
                    Occupation                                Openings
  Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer                        678
  Registered Nurses                                               424
  Customer Service Representatives                                385
  Retail Salespersons                                             314
  First-Line Supvr/Mgrs of Retail Sales Workers                   235
  Industrial Engineers                                            169
  Sales Reps, Wholesale & Mfg., Except Tech Prdts                 168
  First-Line Supvrs/Mgrs of Production & Operating Workers        166
  Receptionists and Information Clerks                            163
  Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants             157
  Computer Systems Analysts                                       155
  Physical Therapists                                             144
  Computer Support Specialists                                    141
  Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids&Housekeeping                132
  Office Clerks, General                                          132
  Web Developers                                                  129
  First-Line Supvrs/Mgrs of Food Prep. & Serving Workers          124
  Sales Representatives, Services, All Other                      116
  Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services                       110
  Maintenance and Repair Workers, General                         109
  Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand          100
  First-Line Supvrs/Mgrs of Office & Admin Workers                 99
  Occupational Therapists                                          97
  Medical Secretaries                                              96
  Insurance Sales Agents                                           95

  Source: PA Labor & Industry, CWIA "Lehigh Valley Fast Facts"
  www.paworkstats.state.pa.us


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                            JOBS IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY
                   WHERE are the jobs in the Lehigh Valley Job Market?
   Below is a sampling of currently available and projected jobs with Lehigh Valley firms
   that are recruiting for more than 10 positions.

Manufacturing
• ABEC (Bethlehem)                                             Healthcare
• Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Leesport)                 • Access Services (Bethlehem)
• B. Braun Medical (Allentown & Bethlehem)                     • Coordinated Health Services, Inc. (Allentown)
• Behr Process Corp. (Allentown)                               • Community Services Group (Bethlehem)
• Bosch Rexroth Corp. (Bethlehem)                              • Country Meadows (Allentown & Bethlehem)
• Carpenter Company (Fogelsville)                              • Easton Hospital (Easton)
• Coca-Cola Lehigh Valley Syrup Plant (Allentown)              • Familywize Community Service Partnership, Inc.
• Crayola LLC (Easton and Bethlehem)                             (Hellertown)
• CyOptics, Inc. (Breinigsville)                               • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (Lehigh Valley)
• Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. (Bethlehem)                             • HCR Manor Care (Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton)
• East Penn Manufacturing / DEKA Battery (Topton)              • Health Network Laboratories (Allentown)
• Ingram-Lightning Source (Breinigsville)                      • Impact Systems, Inc. (Whitehall)
• Kraft Foods (Allentown)                                      • Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown and Bethlehem)
• Lehigh Heavy Forge (Bethlehem)                               • LifePath (Bethlehem)
• Lutron Electronics (Coopersburg)                             • LifeQuest/ LifeSpan (Allentown & Quakertown)
• Mack Trucks, Inc. (Macungie)                                 • Miller-Keystone Blood Center (Bethlehem)
• Mancor, Inc. (Allentown)                                     • Person Directed Supports (Lehigh Valley Locations)
• Nestle Purina PetCare Co. (Allentown)                        • Sacred Heart Hospital (Allentown)
• Nestle Waters, NA (Breinigsville)                            • St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network (Allentown,
• Niagara Bottling, LLC (Allentown)                              Bethlehem & Upper Perkiomen Valley)
• Olympus Corporation of the Americas (Center Valley)          • TCR, Mount Trexler Manor, Inc. (Limeport)
• Protica Nutritional Research (Whitehall)
• Reeb Millwork (Bethlehem)                                    Education
• Samuel Adams PA Brewery (Breinigsville)                      • Career Institute of Technology (CIT) (Easton)
• Spray-Tek, Inc. (Bethlehem)                                  • Lehigh University (Bethlehem)

Warehousing and Distribution                                   Entertainment
• Amazon.com (Breinigsville)                                  • Sands Casino and Resort (Bethlehem)
• Apollo Transfer Co. LLC (Macungie)
• C&S Wholesale (Bethlehem)                                    Green Industries
• DB Schenker (Bethlehem)                                      • Creative Recycling Systems (Breinigsville)
• Exel (Breinigsville)                                         • Greenworks Holdings, LLC (Wind Gap)
• FedEx SmartPost (Breinigsville)                              • PPL (Allentown)
• KeHE Distributors (Breinigsville)                            • Starion Energy, Inc. (Lehigh Valley)
• Magnolia Logistics (Breinigsville)
                                                              Social Services
• Nestle Logistics (Breinigsville)
                                                              • Community Services for Children (Various Locations)
• NFI Industries (Allentown & Bethlehem)
                                                              • KidsPeace (Schnecksville)
• Thermo Fisher Scientific (Nazareth)
• UPS Freight (Kutztown)                                      • Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers, Inc. (Allentown)
• World Class Distribution, Inc. (WCDI) (Nazareth)
• ZEP, Inc (Call Center) (Breinigsville)
                                                             Note: Many small firms are hiring in these sectors. The firms
Insurance, Finance and Back Office                           listed are hiring in a volume of 10 or more positions.
• ADP (Automatic Data Processing) (Allentown)
• Computer Aid, Inc. (Allentown)
• EPS Financial (Easton)
• RMS (Bethlehem)
• Sovereign Bank/ Santander (Bethlehem)
• Sykes (Allentown)
• The Guardian (Bethlehem)
• T-Mobile (Allentown)
• Univest Bank & Trust (Bucks & Montgomery Cos)
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                                         NEW HIRE WAGES AND BENEFITS
                                LEHIGH VALLEY WORKFORCE INVESTMENT AREA
                                           (Lehigh and Northampton Counties, May 2010)

The wages outlined in the table below reflect the wage ranges for the stated occupations. They do not reflect current
competitive standards for successful recruitment. The higher end of the range reflects the wages for a person with more
education and/or experience.
In today’s job market many factors play a critical role in determining compete starting wages including:

  • Medical benefits provided by the firm                         • Retirement plan and/or pension benefits
  • Accessibility of the work site                                • Educational benefits
  • Work schedule                                                 • Schedule of wage progression
  • Fringe benefits such as holidays, vacation days, etc.         • Bonuses
                                                      Average    Average     Median    Entry          Exper'd
                                                                                                                       Mid Range
              Occupational Title                       Hourly    Annual      Annual   Annual          Annual
                                                                                                                     Annual Wage ($)
                                                      Wage ($)   Wage ($)    Wage ($) Wage ($)       Wage ($)
All Occupations                                        20.53      42,690     33,410   20,110         53,980        22,890    -     51,880
Management Occupations                                 48.91     101,740     88,060   52,810         126,200       62,180    -    122,970
General and Operations Managers                         49.94    103,870      87,410  52,780         129,420       59,890    ‐    127,140 
Sales Managers                                          53.41    111,080     100,470  61,980         135,640       70,380    ‐    139,500 
Administrative Services Managers                        36.73     76,390      70,160  39,400          94,880       46,630    ‐     93,360 
Computer and Information Systems Managers               54.91    114,210     101,320  70,240         136,200       78,560    ‐    138,940 
Financial Managers                                      49.38    102,710      97,870  60,990         123,570       69,290    ‐    120,100 
Industrial Production Managers                          46.87     97,500      91,200  60,560         115,970       69,100    ‐    123,730 
Medical and Health Services Managers                    39.36     81,870      73,700  51,880          96,860       62,320    ‐     91,800 
Business and Financial Operations
                                                       30.97      64,430      58,490      38,000     77,640        44,720    -    77,610
Occupations
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators         30.92      64,320      64,780      46,160      73,400       53,530    ‐     77,830 
Business Operations Specialists, All Other             33.39      69,460      62,880      39,020      84,670       46,620    ‐     87,970 
Accountants and Auditors                               32.51      67,620      59,010      43,760      79,550       47,710    ‐     76,000 
Computer and Mathematical Occupations                  33.20      69,050      64,210      41,610     82,770        47,620    -    86,200
Computer and Information Research Scientists           38.26      79,580      74,290      44,320      97,210       53,150    ‐    103,180 
Computer Systems Analysts                              31.31      65,130      62,830      43,860      75,760       49,270    ‐     80,040 
Computer Programmers                                   34.13      70,990      66,980      47,720      82,630       53,840    ‐     85,540 
Software Developers, Applications                      39.96      83,110      82,800      58,360      95,490       66,880    ‐     97,660 
Software Developers, Systems Software                  41.88      87,100      86,380      47,440     106,930       48,290    ‐    109,040 
Database Administrators                                32.79      68,210      61,440      38,320      83,150       41,990    ‐     87,920 
Network and Computer Systems Administrators            28.77      59,850      60,750      39,490      70,030       47,290    ‐     72,080 
Architecture and Engineering Occupations               34.62      72,020      65,860      42,560     86,750        48,820    -    88,670
Civil Engineers                                        34.19      71,110      68,180      51,980      80,670       56,150    ‐     82,890 
Electrical Engineers                                   39.61      82,400      80,860      57,740      94,720       62,520    ‐     96,000 
Industrial Engineers                                   42.52      88,450      84,440      57,280     104,030       66,850    ‐    105,010 
Mechanical Engineers                                   42.88      89,200      81,890      61,650     102,970       66,910    ‐    104,090 
Architectural and Civil Drafters                       21.99      45,730      44,920      36,460      50,370       38,680    ‐     52,570 
Mechanical Drafters                                    25.34      52,710      46,550      34,450      61,840       37,770    ‐     59,940 
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians     29.34      61,020      62,850      48,230      67,420       54,860    ‐     69,470 
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
                                                       34.06      70,850      59,690      35,730     88,400        43,310    -    76,580
Occupations
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses      20.82      43,310      42,940      33,600     48,160        36,510    ‐    48,770 
Healthcare Support Occupations                         13.12      27,280      26,460      19,570     31,140        21,530    -    31,530
Home Health Aides                                      10.59      22,020      20,490      17,300     24,380        17,990    ‐    24,530 
Medical Assistants                                     14.04      29,210      28,580      23,100     32,270        25,070    ‐    32,930 
Protective Service Occupations                         17.87      37,160      33,660      19,100     46,190        21,300    -    49,980
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers                   24.73      51,450      52,620      37,910     58,220        43,600    ‐    59,300 
Security Guards                                        11.83      24,610      22,350      17,310     28,260        18,630    ‐    29,150 
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                                                       Average    Average    Median    Entry   Exper'd
                                                                                                               Mid Range
               Occupational Title                       Hourly    Annual     Annual   Annual Annual
                                                                                                             Annual Wage ($) 
                                                       Wage ($)   Wage ($)   Wage ($) Wage ($) Wage ($)
Food Preparation and Serving Related
                                                        10.22      21,260    18,980    16,660    23,550    16,660    -    23,500
Occupations
First‐Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and 
                                                        16.88      35,100    32,250    24,130    40,590    26,140    ‐    42,140 
Serving Workers 
Cooks, Fast Food                                         9.42      19,600    18,850    17,030    20,890    16,950    ‐    21,830 
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria                        12.59      26,180    26,250    18,950    29,800    20,400    ‐    30,730 
Cooks, Restaurant                                       10.98      22,830    21,240    17,060    25,710    18,080    ‐    25,030 
Food Preparation Workers                                10.27      21,370    20,570    16,910    23,590    17,720    ‐    23,730 
Bartenders                                              10.20      21,210    20,320    16,760    23,440    17,390    ‐    23,580 
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, 
                                                         9.27      19,270    18,050    16,390    20,710    16,150    ‐    20,990 
Including Fast Food 
Waiters and Waitresses                                   9.38      19,510    18,420    16,600    20,970    16,460    ‐    20,780 
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and 
                                                         9.15      19,030    17,320    16,110    20,490    15,930    ‐    19,310 
Bartender Helpers 
Dishwashers                                              8.70      18,100    17,370    16,370    18,970    16,070    ‐    18,940 
Building and Grounds Cleaning and
                                                        12.69      26,390    23,460    18,210    30,480    19,590    -    30,160
Maintenance Occupations
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and 
                                                        12.71      26,440    23,550    18,310    30,500    19,680    ‐    31,010 
Housekeeping Cleaners 
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers                  12.61      26,220    24,000    19,200    29,730    20,580    ‐    29,610 
Personal Care and Service Occupations                   11.10      23,090    20,100    16,780    26,250    17,200    -    25,200
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists          11.28      23,460    21,980    17,100    26,640    18,310    ‐    26,100 
Childcare Workers                                        9.40      19,550    18,350    16,620    21,010    16,450    ‐    21,530 
Sales and Related Occupations                           17.25      35,890    24,740    17,170    45,250    18,550    -    42,060
First‐Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers          22.74      47,310    40,430    28,100    56,910    32,250    ‐    52,240 
Cashiers                                                 9.08      18,890    18,360    16,920    19,870    16,750    ‐    20,590 
Retail Sales Workers                                    11.26      23,430    19,980    16,980    26,660    17,420    ‐    25,910 
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and 
                                                        38.54      80,170    73,580    47,400    96,550    53,380    ‐    100,710 
Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and 
Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific          30.23      62,880    54,780    36,980    75,830    42,250    ‐    71,780 
Products 
Office and Administrative Support
                                                        15.72      32,700    30,340    21,370    38,360    23,970    -    38,570
Occupations
First‐Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative 
                                                        25.51      53,050    47,890    33,930    62,620    38,530    ‐    63,010 
Support Workers 
Bill and Account Collectors                             13.53      28,150    26,180    21,200    31,630    22,160    ‐    32,030 
Billing and Posting Clerks                              15.88      33,040    31,830    26,640    36,240    27,710    ‐    37,440 
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks            17.46      36,320    35,360    22,690    43,140    27,100    ‐    44,240 
Tellers                                                 11.93      24,810    24,150    20,820    26,810    21,490    ‐    27,930 
Customer Service Representatives                        15.47      32,170    30,380    22,730    36,890    25,110    ‐    37,510 
Receptionists and Information Clerks                    12.10      25,170    24,950    18,490    28,500    20,300    ‐    29,870 
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks                 14.94      31,070    30,080    23,490    34,850    25,330    ‐    36,310 
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers                          11.24      23,370    21,710    17,260    26,430    18,330    ‐    26,950 
Executive Secretaries and Executive 
                                                        19.67      40,920    40,500    30,300    46,230    33,390    ‐    47,400 
Administrative Assistants 
Medical Secretaries                                     14.82      30,820    30,260    26,390    33,040    27,220    ‐    33,460 
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except 
                                                        14.83      30,840    30,050    22,830    34,840    25,170    ‐    36,140 
Legal, Medical, and Executive 
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks           18.40      38,280    39,320    30,470    42,180    32,590    ‐    43,940 
Office Clerks, General                                  13.94      29,000    28,290    19,970    33,520    22,410    ‐    34,400 

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                                                     Average    Average    Median    Entry   Exper'd
                                                                                                             Mid Range
               Occupational Title                     Hourly    Annual     Annual   Annual Annual
                                                                                                           Annual Wage ($) 
                                                     Wage ($)   Wage ($)   Wage ($) Wage ($) Wage ($)
Construction and Extraction Occupations               22.82      47,470    42,630   27,060   57,670      31,280    -    58,570
First‐Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and 
                                                      33.43      69,530    66,280    46,640    80,970    51,220    ‐    83,470 
Extraction Workers 
Carpenters                                            22.98      47,790    47,400    32,470    55,450    36,820    ‐    56,120 
Construction Trades Workers                           22.66      47,140    42,200    27,020    57,200    31,140    ‐    58,200 
Operating Engineers and Other Construction 
                                                      23.56      49,000    43,800    34,090    56,450    35,410    ‐    56,180 
Equipment Operators 
Electricians                                          28.44      59,160    54,520    32,050    72,710    38,220    ‐    83,640 
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters               33.91      70,530    71,870    40,660    85,460    46,000    ‐    97,170 
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
                                                      20.93      43,540    41,930    27,760    51,440    31,790    -    52,500
Occupations
First‐Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, 
                                                      29.96      62,320    60,910    45,270    70,840    49,290    ‐    72,950 
and Repairers 
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial 
                                                      24.10      50,130    49,700    40,610    54,890    43,690    ‐    56,090 
and Industrial Equipment 
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics          19.68      40,940    38,870    25,350    48,730    29,050    ‐    45,600 
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration 
                                                      20.30      42,220    39,530    26,390    50,140    29,930    ‐    54,190 
Mechanics and Installers 
Industrial Machinery Mechanics                        24.05      50,030    48,990    37,710    56,190    41,730    ‐    56,490 
Maintenance Workers, Machinery                        19.39      40,320    39,060    29,740    45,610    32,200    ‐    49,320 
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers      27.37      56,930    62,550    39,270    65,760    46,420    ‐    69,170 
Production Occupations                                16.72      34,770    32,930    22,070    41,120    24,860    -    41,950
First‐Line Supervisors of Production and 
                                                      28.14      58,540    57,980    40,280    67,670    45,530    ‐    70,360 
Operating Workers 
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers        13.92      28,950    29,050    19,380    33,740    20,800    ‐    36,550 
Team Assemblers                                       13.77      28,640    27,440    22,620    31,650    24,350    ‐    30,690 
Machinists                                            19.82      41,230    41,280    30,870    46,410    34,810    ‐    47,260 
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers              17.83      37,090    36,100    29,420    40,920    31,400    ‐    41,110 
Sewing Machine Operators                              10.84      22,550    20,540    17,410    25,120    18,040    ‐    26,490 
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and 
                                                      18.42      38,320    36,560    25,490    44,740    29,340    ‐    45,700 
Weighers 
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and 
                                                      16.02      33,310    34,070    21,640    39,150    24,050    ‐    41,170 
Tenders 
Helpers‐‐Production Workers                           14.86      30,910    29,300    20,930    35,900    22,700    ‐    39,630 
Transportation and Material Moving
                                                      15.58      32,420    29,590    19,740    38,750    22,160    -    39,270
Occupations
First‐Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and 
                                                      24.70      51,380    50,460    36,800    58,660    42,090    ‐    59,500 
Material Movers, Hand 
First‐Line Supervisors of Transportation and 
                                                      26.24      54,590    53,480    38,850    62,460    42,780    ‐    65,920 
Material‐Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client                 16.57      34,470    37,190    22,960    40,220    25,580    ‐    42,520 
Driver/Sales Workers                                  15.42      32,060    25,200    18,170    39,010    19,260    ‐    43,600 
Heavy and Tractor‐Trailer Truck Drivers               21.39      44,490    43,000    31,230    51,120    34,800    ‐    50,930 
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers              13.71      28,530    24,280    18,300    33,640    19,850    ‐    33,330 
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators                15.37      31,970    31,430    26,330    34,790    27,470    ‐    36,510 
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, 
                                                      12.80      26,620    25,850    18,710    30,580    20,150    ‐    32,000 
Hand 
Packers and Packagers, Hand                           11.19      23,290    21,590    17,060    26,400    18,160    ‐    27,170 




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                                CUTBACKS AND PLANT CLOSINGS
               (The below list is a summary of recent sizeable layoffs and/or facility closings.)


   •   Roadlink (Bethlehem) is laying off 25 employees. Layoffs to be completed by September 30, 2011.

   •   Replico Corp. (Breinigsville) will close its facility on September 30, 2011. 16 employees will lose
       their jobs. Lowered production volume was cited for the closure.

   •   Wells Fargo closed its auto loan collection operation in Bethlehem in May, resulting in 193 jobs
       being lost. The move came as the bank relocated 450 customer service people from its Allentown
       facility to the Bethlehem location.

   •   J. C. Penney shut down its Upper Macungie logistics center effective February 1, 2012. 325 jobs
       were eliminated. The closing was due to a reorganization of the company’s supply chain that
       focused more on on-line shopping as opposed to traditional brick-and-mortar stores.

   •   Pathmark on Rte. 378, Bethlehem (Saucon Valley), closed in April with 68 jobs lost.

   •   Walgreen’s Distribution Center, 9750 Commerce Circle, Kutztown (New Smithville, Lehigh County).
       Closed March 18, 2011-- layoffs affecting 85 employees.
   •   Borders closed in Whitehall affecting 27 workers.
   •   Allentown Metal Works (Allentown) closed January 15, 2011 and eliminated 5 jobs. Recent
       employment there peaked at 80.

   •   OraSure Technologies (Bethlehem) cut 9% of its workforce impacting 24 workers locally in
       December 2010.

   •   Allentown Shotcrete Technology (Upper Macungie Twp.) closed its local facility after 100 years in
       operation dislocating 22 employees.

   •   Ossur Americas (Allentown) closed December 2, 2010 dislocating 18 workers.

   •   HMX Group (Easton), formerly Country Miss and International Women’s Apparel closed on May 31,
       2011. 75 workers were affected.

   •   Tobyhanna Army Depot (Tobyhanna, Monroe County) eliminated 150 contractors October 29,
       2010. The Depot employed more than 5,700 at its recent peak.

   •   F.L. Smidth (Bethlehem) laid off 13 employees on September 16, 2010.




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                WEBSITE RESOURCES FOR STATISTICAL INFORMATION

Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA) www.paworkstats.state.pa.us

CWIA Labor Market Indicators https://paworkstats.geosolinc.com/

Department of Community and Economic Development www.newpa.com

Department of Education www.pde.state.pa.us

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/employment/index.cfm

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission - Comprehensive Plan www.lvpc.org/UntitledFrameset-7.html

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission - Municipal Profiles www.lvpc.org/pdf/muniProfiles.pdf

O*NET OnLine - Find Information on Occupations http://www.onetonline.org/

Pennsylvania State Data Center (Penn State) pasdc.hbg.psu.edu

Pennsylvania Workforce System www.paworkforce.state.pa.us

US Bureau of Labor Statistics www.bls.gov

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook www.bls.gov/oco

US Business Data and Statistics www.usa.gov/Business/Business_Data.shtml

US Census - Local Employment Dynamics lehd.did.census.gov/led/datatools/qwiapp.html

US Census Bureau www.census.gov

US Census Data Tool factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en

US Census Website for Business business.census.gov

US Department of Commerce - Bureau of Economic Analysis www.bea.gov




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