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State of the Economy: Lawrence County

Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, is home to 86,184 residents. Between 2010 and 2018 (the most recent year data was available), the population decreased by about 5 percent.

Compared to Pennsylvania overall, Lawrence County has a slightly older population, with the median age at 45.5 years, just above the state median of 40.7. Families in Lawrence County earn less than the typical family in the Commonwealth. In 2018, the median household income for Lawrence County was $48,860 compared to $56,951 for the Commonwealth. Approximately 15.8 percent of individuals in Lawrence County fall below the poverty line.

While the Shale Gas Knowledge Hub’s State of the Economy series has focused on providing employment and wage data for oil and natural gas support activities, the data for Lawrence County was not available. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which supplies the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), the source of these reports, the data were not available because of reliability issues in reporting or missing information.

Given the lack of data, it is unclear how oil and natural gas support activities have impacted the County.

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