Located along the banks of Lake Erie, the city of Erie, Pennsylvania is home to 102,000 people. Its metropolitan area has over 280,000 residents. Historically a manufacturing town, Erie is now home to several smaller manufacturing businesses, as well as a growing healthcare and hospitality industry. Manufacturing hasn't disappeared, however. Erie's plants manufacture over 10 percent of all plastics in the United States. Erie's long history begins with the Iroquois Confederacy well before the colonists arrived in the area. The city became an official part of Pennsylvania in 1792 after the government purchased the land from the Iroquois.
Erie's cost of living is 10.4 percent below the national average. Erie's health care and utilities cost of living indexes are significantly below the national average of 100, with health care clocking in at 91 and utilities at 89. Both of these figures are also lower than Pennsylvania averages. The median home price in Erie is $112,200, but the percent change in home price from year to year has been inconsistent. In 2013, home prices saw a decline of 0.6 percent, whereas in 2012, they saw a 4.6 percent increase, according to Forbes. The median household income as of July 2014 is $44,811.
Erie Job Opportunities
The largest employers for Erie, PA jobs are General Electric and Erie Insurance Group, Pennsylvania's second largest provider of automotive insurance. Erie Insurance employs over 4,500 people. Collectively, the government is also one of largest employers for jobs in Erie, with over 15,000 people working government jobs as of August 2014. The state government, the school system, the federal government and the county make up the largest portion of government jobs in Erie, PA.
While mining, logging and construction only account for 5,000 Erie jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics it is Erie's fastest growing industry, with August 2014 seeing an 8.7 percent change in the previous twelve months. If you're interested in seeking employment in this growing industry, take a look at Erie construction jobs.
Erie Employment Trends
Erie has an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, which is slightly higher than the national unemployment rate of 5.9 percent, as reported in September by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 2013 growth for Erie jobs was down by 0.5 percent, but 2014 projections are a little more optimistic, with 1.7 percent job growth expected. If you prefer working in a small town rather than in a city, check out Corry, Pennsylvania jobs.