Erie Vital Signs


The EVS Economy indicators track six families of economic factors with over 80 individual data series for Erie County, and more than 1,100 data series in total once peers and subcategories are considered. The goal is to include those factors that play a key role in the quality of economic life for Erie County residents.

Most Recent Data

Across the six families of economic indicators, some have shown positive trends lately, others have had negative trends or unfavorable comparisons with peer areas, and some have been mixed or inconclusive.

In the ongoing recovery from The Great Recession, Erie County wages and income per capita have been lackluster recently, and real income per capita (adjusted for inflation) actually fell a bit. And Erieites are relying more and more on payments from governments for their income. Worst of all, those at the bottom end of the economic spectrum continue to struggle as poverty rates have risen and self-sufficiency rates have fallen. But the local labor market has been relatively strong, with employment up and unemployment down, although wages are not rising much. Local homeownership has seen some ups and downs as a holdover from the recession, while local cost of living remains about the same.

The Indicators


Employment, Unemployment & the Labor Force

Poverty and Self-Sufficiency


Cost of Living


The Economy Subcommittee

The Economy Subcommittee is responsible for identifying the key variables for this section of Erie Vital Signs, and for reviewing the update information before it is posted to the EVS website.


  • Chair: Jim Kurre PhD, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Emeritus Director ERIE, Retired from Penn State Erie, the Behrend College
  • Cheryl Bates, Program Director, Erie Free Taxes, United Way of Erie County
  • Dave Brennan, Councilman, Erie City Council
  • Georgia Del Freo, Vice President/Operations, GECAC
  • Kim Green, ECC and Community Development Director, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Erie
  • Laura Lewis PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work, Mercyhurst Civic Institute
  • Dale McBrier, Owner, McBrier Development
  • Rick Novotny, Executive Director, Erie County Redevelopment Authority
  • John Oliver, President & CEO, VisitErie
  • Jake Rouch, Vice President, Economic Development, Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership
  • Anna Frantz, Project Manager, Emerge 2040
  • William McAndrew, PhD, Assistant Professor of Finance, Gannon University

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