Balanced, Diversified, & Growing

The Lehigh Valley’s gross domestic product reached a record-high $39.1 billion for 2016, growing by more than 4 percent from the previous year.

The Lehigh Valley GDP of $39.1 billion is higher than that of the entire states of Wyoming ($38.5) and Vermont ($31.5 billion) and of 108 other countries in the world.

The Lehigh Valley ranks 65th out of the 382 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the United States. In addition to strong overall growth, the Lehigh Valley’s GDP grew in every measurable sub-category from 2015 to 2016.

The Lehigh Valley is particularly noteworthy for its unusually balanced and multi-faceted economy. Far from depending on a single industry, the top four sub-sectors of the regional GDP are all extremely close to one another, which ultimately means a healthier and more vibrant regional economy.

The Lehigh Valley has the most balanced and diversified economy in the entire state of Pennsylvania.

The Lehigh Valley GDP saw year-over-year growth in each individual subsector, reflecting the remarkable balance of the Lehigh Valley economy.

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9.1% of Labor Force
Employed in Professional, Technical, Financial & Business Services
Q2 2017

By the Numbers
$39.1 Billion

Gross Domestic Product
2016

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City Center Lehigh Valley
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10.5% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing
Q2 2017

By the Numbers
$3.44 Billion

Exports
2015

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Air Products
By the Numbers
$59,989

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
By the Numbers
24,246

New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

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National Penn
By the Numbers
659,312

Population

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Olympus
By the Numbers
344,623

Labor Force

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Lutron Electronics
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33% of Labor Force
Employed in Health Care, Social Assistance & Education

By the Numbers
4,399

Technology Patents from 2000-2015

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Mack Trucks
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10.7% of Labor Force
Employed in Accomodation, Food Services, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

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UGI
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NFI
By the Numbers
$6.9 Billion

Manufactuing Contribution to GDP
2016

By the Numbers
$7.98 Billion

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Contribution to GDP
2016

By the Numbers
$5.3 Billion

Professional & Business Services
Contribution to GDP
2016

By the Numbers
21.7%

Population between ages 18 and 34