Delco Above Average When It Comes to Fitness and Rec Workers

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The city of Philadelphia may have one of the highest rates of obesity in the country, according to the CDC, but in places like Delaware County, we actually rank above the national average in the number of fitness workers on the job, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As of June 2022, the latest statistics available, Delaware County had an employee location quotient of 1.82 for fitness and recreational sports centers, with 1,671 employees working in the fitness industry that month, earning about $299 a week.

A location quotient is the ratio of an industry’s employment share or average wage in an area to its national share or average wage.

Anything above 1 means the industry has a higher share of area employment than the national average.

Delaware County’s neighboring counties all had numbers above the national average while the city of Philadelphia did not.

Montgomery County had a location quotient of 1.5 in June 2022. Chester County was at 1.46. Bucks County had a location quotient of 1.65.

Philadelphia County was below the national average, with an employee location quotient of .73. It had 2,084 fitness workers in June 2022.

Read more about the concentration of fitness workers in the nation at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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