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 Lyndsay Grady, Director of Workforce Development 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
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.
Employer-led collaborative efforts are designed to increase the competitiveness of industry clusters through the sharing of resources and designation of High Priority Occupations.