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Luzerne County

Luzerne CountyLuzerne County's business base is strong in service, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, construction, transportation, and utilities. Top employers include: United States Government, Pennsylvania State Government, Luzerne County Government, Wyoming Valley Health Care System, and Pennsylvania Power and Light Company.* Luzerne County (population 315,754) was created on September 25, 1786, from part of Northumberland County and named for the Chevalier de la Luzerne, French minister to the United States. Wilkes-Barre, the county seat, was laid out in 1772 and named for two members of Parliament, John Wilkes and Isaac Barre, both advocates of American rights. Nestled in the heart of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Luzerne County (891 square miles) offers an area of natural beauty, with mountains, streams, lakes and valleys. Only two hours from metropolitan New York City and Philadelphia, this region offers a perfect blend of historical attractions, spectacular outdoor recreation and unique social and cultural events. 

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*Employer information provided by Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.