The economic boom in the Chambersburg area is continuing. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, the Franklin County area has seen double the amount of job growth as the rest of Pennsylvania.
Local jobs grew 2.3 percent during the past year, compared to 1.2 percent across the state, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The main drivers of local job growth have been professional and business services (up 300 jobs from July 2017 to July 2018), warehousing and trucking (up 200), health and education services (up 200), retail (up 200) and leisure and hospitality (up 200).
Warehouses and distribution centers have been growing for more than a decade along the Interstate 81 corridor. That has not slowed. The same goes for the trucking industry, as their has been sustained growth expansion of trucking terminals along Interstate 81. In additio0n, you can review monthly job stats from the Department of Labor and Industry right here for June 2018.
In addition, more warehouse development is occurring in the area. Shippensburg is seeing growth along the Interstate 81 corridor at both Exits, 24 and 29. A box warehouse was recently completed off Exit 24 behind the new Sheetz store. Now we are seeing ground breaking for a new box warehosue project off Exit 29.
I-81’s southern corridor from Harrisburg to Greencastle has become one of the nation’s most prominent distribution locations due to its proximity to major metropolitan areas throughout the East Coast and Midwest, according to Equus. The corridor is home to several Fortune 500 and global logistics companies such as Georgia Pacific (also located at Exit 29 of I-81), The Home Depot, Syncreon and Geodis.