Middle Atlantic Regional Forecast

New Jersey • New York • Pennsylvania

Although the Big Apple has been rocked by the recession and suffered from job losses in the financial markets, large construction projects in Long Island City, N.Y., and Jersey City, N.J., are propping up some of the construction numbers. The $198.5 million Monaco Residential Towers broke ground in Jersey City earlier this year and a 21-story, 660,000-square-foot building for the New York City Health Department is now being built in Long Island City. This building will be part of a much bigger project, Gotham Center, which reportedly would have up to 3.5 million square feet in office space. Also underway are research centers for City University of New York and Mount Sinai hospital, and the on-again, off-again construction of office buildings at the World Trade Center site. Also on hold because of the credit crisis is Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards development , which would have a new arena for the National Basketball Association's Nets. Helping fuel some of the region's construction are the low office vacancy rates for the central business districts of New York (8.6 percent) and Philadelphia (12.6 percent), which are healthy compared to the national average of 17.1 percent.

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
Actual Electricians in thousands
M G C
Middle Atlantic 79,430 1,343.0 2,852.6 11,820.4
New Jersey 15,130 275.6 619.5 2,525.8
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 1,170 2.7 21.8 110.7
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 2,070 43.2 84.6 311.0
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 3,010 67.7 142.1 685.6
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,490 76.2 161.8 637.6
Ocean City, NJ 150 NA 9.5 30.9
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 810 8.9 63.3 148.7
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 320 8.7 14.2 29.3
Bergen-Hudson-Passaic, NJ NA 65.0 119.5 559.9
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New York 39,860 491.5 1,532.7 5,690.1
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 2,010 21.4 103.4 273.4
Binghamton, NY 490 16.3 22.4 59.5
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 2,070 53.3 91.0 333.0
Elmira, NY 130 5.8 7.3 22.6
Glens Falls, NY 150 6.5 10.4 35.1
Ithaca, NY 170 3.2 8.2 46.7
Kingston, NY 200 3.7 15.3 37.5
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 5,930 76.1 196.1 795.5
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 39,000 398.1 1,329.0 5,725.9
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 25,560 178.1 829.0 3,607.2
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 730 19.0 50.1 149.0
Rochester, NY 1,620 66.4 73.9 316.5
Syracuse, NY 900 29.4 57.6 188.3
Utica-Rome, NY 480 11.9 34.7 74.1
New York City, NY NA 83.8 610.9 2,674.5
Putnam-Rockland-Westchester, NY NA 29.3 98.6 372.8
Pennsylvania 24,440 575.9 700.4 3,604.5
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 1,460 35.6 38.2 212.9
Altoona, PA 120 7.0 7.8 29.8
Erie, PA 520 20.5 15.4 80.6
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 1,300 21.7 60.0 193.1
Johnstown, PA 200 4.5 8.8 31.9
Lancaster, PA 1,080 37.9 18.6 131.6
Lebanon, PA 200 9.0 7.6 13.5
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 8,740 140.6 205.7 1,306.5
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 12,490 203.2 335.7 1,842.5
Pittsburgh, PA 4,880 88.7 116.7 763.9
Reading, PA 900 28.0 20.2 95.9
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 960 29.5 30.9 156.9
State College, PA 120 4.0 26.9 28.7
Williamsport, PA 250 9.4 7.2 20.1
York-Hanover, PA 880 35.7 19.3 94.3
Philadelphia City, PA NA 24.7 104.4 449.7