Understanding the composition of the labor market helps business leaders make informed decisions about corporate growth strategies, hiring and site selection.

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing current and relevant information pertaining to jobs, workforce and business trends in northeastern Pennsylvania. Our workforce development staff is researching and analyzing the composition of the workforce and employer demand in Lackawanna County, regionally and at the state level.

Contact Brianna Florovito, Workforce & Entrepreneurial Development Specialist to request a customized labor market report consisting of research and workforce data.

Pennsylvania’s High Priority Occupations

High Priority Occupations (HOPs) are developed as a result of Pennsylvania’s industry-driven approach to workforce development. The goal of statewide and regional high priority occupation lists is to align workforce training opportunities and educational investments with occupations that are in demand by business and industry, have advanced skill requirements and are likely to provide family sustaining wages.

Lackawanna County’s Top High Priority Occupations

  • Registered Nurses
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Office Professionals
  • Tractor-Trailer Drivers
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Nursing Assistants
  • Accountants

Download a comprehensive list to learn about wages, job projections and educational attainment needed for in-demand occupations in Lackawanna County.

View and download the statewide High Priority Occupations list from the Commonwealth’s website.

Industry Clusters

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry defines industry clusters as job categories that:

  • Are in demand by employers
  • Have higher skill needs
  • Provide family sustaining wages

Lackawanna County’s Industry Clusters

When groups of similar organizations sharing common markets, technologies and worker skill sets populate a well-defined geographic area; their ability to develop buyer-seller relationships increases. In addition competitive advantage strengthens, due to their proximity to competitors, a highly-skilled workforce and specialized suppliers.

Industry Partnerships

Employer-led collaborative efforts are designed to increase the competitiveness of industry clusters through the sharing of resources and designation of High Priority Occupations.

In Lackawanna County, prosperous industry clusters have developed in:


Transportation, Logistics & Warehousing

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate

Advanced Manufacturing

Building Construction Trades/Utilities