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Top 25 Largest Employers in Greater Reading

by Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

Sep 15, 2022

The 2022 top employers in Greater Reading, PA (Berks County) reflect the industry-diverse mix of both largest companies and industries in the community. And while transportation and warehousing grew in 2022, manufacturing and healthcare remain at the top.

East Penn Manufacturing CO. Inc.7,811
Tower Health7,396
Penske Transportation Solutions2,483
Carpenter Technology Corp.2,012
County Government2,005
Reading School District2,000
Apis Services1,620
Redner’s Markets1,534
Boscov’s Department Stores Inc.1,485
Penn State Health St. Joseph1,471
Wilson School District1,444
State Government1,324
Berks County Intermediate Unit1,221
Giant Food Store1,150
Ashley Furniture IndustriesN/A
Dollar General1,000
Kutztown University886
Alcon ResearchN/A
U.S. Government820
Santander Bank756
Elite Sportswear740
Met-Ed/First Energy675
Exeter School District631


The 2022 Mid-Year State of the Economy  confirmed the largest industry sector in Berks County based on both GDP and employment numbers continues to be Manufacturing, employing over 30,000 workers. While manufacturing employment numbers are strong, the numbers indicate there are approximately 2,000 fewer workers than in 2019 (prepandemic).

The next-largest sectors in the region are Health Care employing approximately 29,500 workers and Retail Trade, employing 19,454 workers. These employment numbers are generally higher than they were in 2021 – Manufacturing and Health Care and Social Assistance trade top place on the number
of employees in each sector.

When Location Quotient (LQ), is a measurement of concentration in comparison to the nation, is taken into consideration, data reveals specific areas of concentration with manufacturing. This allows us and others to understand industries and occupations that are unique to our region. An LQ of 1.00 indicates a region has the same concentration of an industry (or occupation) as the nation. An LQ of 2.00 indicates the region has twice the expected employment compared to the nation and an LQ of 0.50 would mean the region has half the expected employment in comparison to the nation.

Manufacturing | LQ 2.09
Electric/Electronics Manufacturing has a location quotient of 4.75. This cluster employs 8,921 workers in the region with an average wage of $71,284. Employment in the cluster is projected to expand in the region about 0.5% per year over the next ten years.

Find a Job in Greater Reading

If you are driven, motivated and smart then Greater Reading is ready for you! Come work with us. The list of the top 25 employers in Greater Reading pulled from a story in the Reading Eagle published on Aug. 30, 2022. Whether you a looking for experience as an intern, an entry-level position, a seasoned professional or an entrepreneur with an idea, there are plenty of career opportunities for you in Greater Reading. The top 25 employers boast the wages, lifestyle and growth potential you’re looking for. Our top 25 employers are waiting for you, come join their teams.

If you have questions about the business community or are interested in additional business data in Berks County, please contact Aaron Gantz, Sr. Director of Economic Development.

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