Tuesday, March 14, 2006

What Kinds of Jobs is the Pittsburgh Region Creating? (Part 2)

It’s good news that the Pittsburgh Region has been creating jobs for scientists, engineers, and health professionals at a faster rate than most regions.

But what about the people who don’t have the education to be a researcher, computer programmer, engineer, or medical technician?

The bad news is that jobs for production workers in the Pittsburgh Region decreased by 17% between 1999 and 2004 – a loss of about 14,000 jobs.

But the good news is that the loss of production jobs in Pittsburgh has been lower than almost anywhere in the country. Nationally, production jobs dropped by even more – over 19% during the same period. Regions like Philadelphia, Seattle, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, Richmond, Boston, and Silicon Valley lost 25% or more of their production jobs during the same period of time.

In other words, Pittsburgh has retained more production jobs than most regions, and has created more science, engineering, and health care jobs than most.


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