An industry cluster consists of a group of industries that are closely linked by common product markets, labor pools, similar technologies, supplier chains, and/or other economic ties. Clusters can take on strategic importance because activities that benefit one group member will generally have positive spillover effects on other members of the cluster.
Twelve industry clusters, with critical sub-clusters, have been identified for workforce strategies. These twelve clusters account for nearly 83 percent of all employment in the commonwealth. They are used to:
- Provide a consistent definition that allows for the comparison of the industrial structure of regional economies.
- Identify major employers in significant clusters as a springboard for building Sector Partnerships.
- Provide a basis for occupational data analysis by grouping industries together that share workforce needs.
- Direct resource allocation toward training that prepares the commonwealth's workforce for jobs that will offer family-sustaining wages.
Background information, as well as a complete listing of the industries included in each cluster, is provided in the Pennsylvania’s Industry Clusters document.
Industry Cluster Snapshots
The following documents provide a quick overview of each of Pennsylvania's 12 industry clusters.
To download a PDF, select the appropriate industry cluster from the list below:
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