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Pennsylvania's Industry Clusters

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 82 percent of all employment in the commonwealth.
They will be used to:
  • Provide a consistent definition that allows for the comparison of the industrial structure of Pennsylvania's regional economies.
  • Identify major employers in significant clusters as a springboard for building Industry Partnerships.
  • Provide a basis for occupational data analysis - Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA) - by grouping industries together that share workforce needs.
  • Direct resource allocation to the preparation of the commonwealth's workforce for jobs that will offer family-sustaining wages.
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Industry Cluster Snapshots

The following documents provide a quick overview of each of Pennsylvania's 12 industry clusters.
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