New Study Identifies Which Industries Are the Main Employers in Delco

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Education services and the healthcare industry are the main employers in Delaware County. Image via Jessica Kourkounis, NewsWorks.

The boom in the health industry and the expanding education workforce in Philadelphia is having a positive impact on the suburbs, according to a report in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

According to a study from Data USA, these industries are now the main employers in Delaware County. The data shows that with 85,623 employees, educational services and healthcare employ nearly a third of the county’s workforce.


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The next-largest group of industries by number of employees is professional, scientific, management, administration, and waste management with 33,684 workers. Retail follows with more than 28,000 employees.

Overall employment in Delaware County has increased at a rate of 4.71 percent since 2014. However, out of all the positions, the highest-paid jobs in the area tend to be in architecture and engineering, management, and health practitioners.

Compared to other counties, Delco has an above average number of residents who work in healthcare support, legal, and community and social services.

Read more about Data USA’s findings in the Philadelphia Business Journal by clicking here.

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