Back to list April 19, 2018Top Industries in PAPennsylvania has long been considered a predominantly agricultural state, but it has grown into an industrially diverse economy, with business and growth opportunities available in different industries.Some of the state’s major industries are broadcasting and telecommunications, administrative and support services, health care services and construction. Pennsylvania also has its fair share of independent artists, writers and performers. Other primary sectors include chemical manufacturing, coal mining and food products.What About Cumberland County?While Pennsylvania as a whole has prospered and seen economic growth and diversification, Cumberland County, especially, has seen a boom. With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state and steady increases in job-growth rates, economic output growth rates and median home prices, this area has been prospering and attracting new businesses and workers in arts, manufacturing, health, construction, food, chemical, tech and other sectors.In Cumberland County, there are four key industries we believe will continue to grow.Health CareThe health care industry is the number-one private employer in Cumberland County. We’re seeing an increased demand for nurses due to the Baby Boomer generation reaching the age of retirement. On top of that, Pennsylvania has the second highest population of older adults, right after Florida — and researchers predict the number of people in America who are 65 or older will double over the next 40 years.All these factors essentially mean one thing: We’re always going to need more health care experts in Cumberland County. The Center for Workforce Information Analysis (CWIA) predicts more than 2,900 registered nurses will join the Harrisburg-Carlisle metro area by the year 2024, and they’ll have an average salary of $68,310.Ambulatory health care services is one of the major industries in the state of Pennsylvania, forecast to increase 1.8 percent in employment through 2020. Hospitals in Pennsylvania are hiring and are essential for the well-being of every resident. Due to health care spending, employment in this sector is expected to rise by 1 percent through 2020.Advanced ManufacturingCumberland County’s advanced manufacturing sector generally includes five occupations:Industrial engineer technicianMaintenance and repair technicianComputer numerically control operatorIndustrial machinery mechanicsMaintenance workers machineryAlthough these positions require fewer employees, they have higher rates, which is a perfect complement to Cumberland County’s already low unemployment rate. The CWIA predicts more than 490 new advanced manufacturing jobs will be created by 2024, with an average annual wage of $48,340.Manufacturing in Pennsylvania has long been a big part of the economy, and this specific sector accounted for 12 percent of the Pennsylvania economy in 2015. The steel mills and industry in the state require heavy machinery, and local businesses have risen to the challenge by manufacturing these products in-state. Jobs in this sector often rely on highly qualified tradespeople and professionals who can work with robotics and the latest software and high-tech manufacturing equipment.Heavy EquipmentRecently, several construction and excavating companies have been reaching out to CAEDC to inform us they’re struggling to find skilled staff members to hire. These businesses are seeking flaggers, project management engineers, surveyors, estimators and any other heavy equipment industry professionals.TourismMany businesses are attracted to Cumberland County because the area already has such a diverse and well-established range of businesses, which can act as supports for new companies. The area is also close to I-81, I-83, I-76 and U.S. 11/15, making it an easy drive to New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, allowing companies access to those markets. This prime location is also a large driver for its booming tourism industry, along with its proximity to the Appalachian Trail.From outdoor recreation and auto shows to several notable historic sites, there are many reasons to visit Cumberland County. A few notable tourism businesses in the area include:Carlisle Events Auto ShowsU.S. Army Heritage & Education CenterPine Grove Furnace State ParkCumberland County Historical SocietyRic Luhrs Performing Arts CenterMeadowbrooke GourdsKings Gap Environmental Education CenterColonel Denning State ParkTourism is a flourishing industry in the state of Pennsylvania as a whole, too. In 2015 alone, Pennsylvania saw 195.6 million tourists visited the state, spending about $40.8 billion, a growth of 2.9 percent over the year before. The tourism industry includes a variety of support services as well as attractions, events, accommodations and other types of businesses. This sector also impacts many other sectors positively.Contact or Visit the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation for More InformationCumberland County is serious about welcoming new businesses to the area — there are several incentive programs, financing solutions and other services available for companies in the county. There are also a variety of services for new businesses or companies looking to open or relocate to Cumberland County.If you want to be part of the story of Cumberland County’s and Pennsylvania’s growing economy, Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation can help. CAEDC is a critical resource for businesses by providing economic development and tourism promotion services to help local businesses, non-profits, local municipalities and residents.Contact us for more assistance.