Research Economy Tracker

The new Economy Tracker is a quarterly publication covering economic and business trends in the region. The Sordoni Family Foundation and the Willary Foundation are the Signature Underwriters and UGI Utilities is a Contributing Underwriter.

Current Economy Tracker Editions

Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 has several interesting features including a detailed evaluation of travel and tourism in NEPA. Additionally, the region’s economic resilience is examined by studying the concentration of industry and employment and evaluating the potential economic impact during another recession. Finally, the retail industry is a major regional employer, yet retail comprises a very broad category and some retail segments will continue to do well, while others will see decline. As usual, the Data Spotlight and Cartography corner will interesting data points and analytics.

Winter 2019 Edition

This edition examines topics such as neighborhood economic resiliency, workers affected by automation, green energy and regional student debt.

Fall 2018 Edition

Nationwide and in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the labor market has tightened considerably in recent years. In Lackawanna and Luzerne counties, the unemployment rate stood at 4.7 and 5.6 percent through the first half of 2018, a modest decline from the prior year and a drop of over four percentage points since 2012. There are two related components driving this trend: growth in jobs, and minimal growth in the size of the labor force.

Summer 2018 Edition

In the Summer 2018 edition of the Quarterly Economy Tracker, data was presented on regional occupation growth compared to other regions in Pennsylvania. The data showed some differences across regions, but a general trend toward growth in occupations that do not necessarily require a four year college degree. The impacts of the health care, retail, and manufacturing sectors were evident in the growth projections.

Past Economy Tracker Editions

Edition Description
Spring 2018 Workforce, it is! This edition covers occupation growth, employment, hires, separations, and turnovers. Wonder about the region’s higher education graduates? Find out the top fields of study by degree type. Plus, find data on several other economic indicators to help guide your decisionmaking.
Winter 2018 This edition discusses the small business sector contribution to our region’s economy. The region has a robust small business sector that consists not only of small employers, but also of sole proprietors in a variety of businesses. The report also highlights the latest cost of living data which is a major regional asset. The region’s ranks costs below many areas in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Finally, a number of other economic and business indicators are explored in this issue in an effort to provide insight to the business community.
Fall 2017 The Economic Tracker Fall 2017 edition dives deeper into Pennsylvania County migration patterns. Specifically, which counties are contributing to the growth or decline of another. The issue also highlights The Institute’s recent research study commissioned by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in support of the work of the Scranton Area Foundation’s Equitable Transit Council and the recent summit in which Fed President Harker addressed an audience of 150+ in Scranton on October 17. Finally, regional composition of business and industry and labor market data is included.
Summer 2017 This issue highlights high level migration patterns in the region. Specifically, what states are contributing to population growth and the states responsible for the region's population loss. The issues also highlights minority entrepreneurship statistics in the region. In 2015, The Institute implemented a polling program. The primary polls focus on the attitudes, interest, and perceptions of students in The Institute's higher education consortium. This issues summarizes the findings of their post graduation plans. The region's cost of living is a major competitive factor adding to quality of life. Read more about the region compared to other parts of the U.S.
Spring 2017 This issue highlights the changing retail sector in the region and the challenges the global retail industry faces. The issues also highlights female entrepreneurship in the region. In 2016, The Institute previewed the Pillars of a Strong Community Index. This index measures and benchmarks the region in an index highlight four pillars of strong communities - economic, health and families, infrastructure and physical assets and community. The 2017 Index highlights the depicts the most current data and change from 2016.
Winter 2017 This issue discusses the underemployed in the region and the economic struggles these workers face. The issues also highlights wage distribution among occupation groups and a feature on employment in the hospitality industry and its future job growth. Indicators on income and five year trends are presented.
Fall 2016 This issue discusses the impact of small business on the region and the growing trend of entrepreneurship. The issues also highlights regional commuting patterns including that of supercommunters - the 8+ percent of residents that communte 75+ miles or more per day to work. Other articles include the 2nd quarter 2016 cost of living data and ten year trend analysis of average wages by sector.
Summer 2016 This issue highlights the increase in demand for infrastructure jobs over the next 10 years. Additionally, it includes original Insitute research on financial literacy. There is also a section on the impact of the region's tourism economy and city level unemployment statistics. The traditional labor market data and selected economic indicators are also in this publication.
Winter 2015 This issue discusses workforce and education, city level unemployment, regional income and inflation, and transportation barriers and growth.
Fall 2015 This issue discusses regional impact of small business, labor force participation, a comparison of property tax burdens by county, growth in regional wages, and the true impact of the Great Recession on our region's economy.
Summer 2015 This issue discusses regional infrastructure and its impact on the economy, our downtowns as centers of knowledge, and the impact of tourism on our region.
Spring 2015 This issue discusses the link between higher education and lower unemployment in northeastern Pennsylvania. It also talks about home ownership and affordablility for most residents. Finally, the last feature focuses on the issue of poverty.
Winter 2014-15 This issue focuses on healthcare employment, immigration and impact on employment, municipal indicators, education, and occupation data.
Fall 2014 This issue contains a feature on the growing distribution and ecommerce cluster along with articles including labor market data and geographic patterns in the job market.
Fall 2013 This economy tracker will examine both Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties at the county level. The data that is gathered is then compared in relation to statewide statistics, as well as national figures.
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Recession Tracker Editions

The Recession Tracker is a bi-monthly report covering current economic indicators in the region. In addition, to the indicators, each tracker will highlight responses from residents in the region to questions relating to the indicator. The Institute envisions that by the end of 2009, The Recession Tracker will continue as a publication of The Institute under the name “Economy Tracker”.

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