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INDUSTRIES OF INTEREST (IOI)

The purpose of Industries of Interest (IOI) is to identify and highlight industries in the state that exhibit nontrivial growth or decline in employment.

Industries which, at the state level, experience at least five percent year-over-year employment growth accompanied by an employment gain of at least 25 are considered growing IOI. Similarly, the criteria for declining IOI are at least a five percent year-over-year employment decline accompanied by a decrease in employment of at least 25. When in addition, the industry sustains four consecutive quarters of employment growth or decline, it is termed a Hi-Growth or Hi-Decline industry.

Different series of IOI can be generated by varying the dataset from which the employment changes are drawn. Three series of IOI have been created by utilizing changes from our adjusted Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data, New Hires data, and Help Wanted Online (HWOL) job postings. Non-economic coding changes in QCEW could lead to falsely identifying an industry as an IOI when it isn’t, or not identifying it as one when in fact it is. Therefore, the QCEW employment changes used to identify the IOI are adjusting for non-economic coding changes. The other two IOI series are not subject to non-economic coding changes and are therefore not modified.

Pennsylvania's Industries of Interest is available in both PDF and Excel versions.

Historical Industries of Interest

Historical Industries of Interest show the history for all industries, whether or not an industry was found to be an IOI. Solely looking at the quarterly IOI report above, while valuable, does not show at what point in the trend the industry is positioned – it could be starting a new trend, in the middle of an existing one or at the end of a trend. From an analytical perspective, it is often missed when a trend is established, or when turning points occur because only the most recent point in time is observed. This historical file will help data users see where the “action” is taking place, giving them additional perspective.

Pennsylvania's historical Industries of Interest document is available here.

Want to find employers in your area that are considered an Industry of Interest?

Input the growth or decline industry codes into CWIA's Employer Search feature on our website.

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