Statistics were released for gross domestic product growth in U.S. metropolitan areas for 2009. Harrisburg ranked 74th showing a 2.7 percent growth rate in 2009. Metropolitan Harrisburg’s GDP for 2009 was $28 billion dollars. Prior to the recession Harrisburg’s GDP grew by 9 percent in 2006.
Lancaster was the next metro area in South Central Pennsylvania on the list at number 104. Metropolitan Lancaster showed a slight decrease for 2009 but before the recession was growing. Lancaster’s 2009 GDP was $18.5 billion dollars.
York came in third at number 129. Metropolitan York also showed a slight decrease for 2009, like Lancaster, with a GDP of $14.7 billion dollars.
Lebanon came in fourth (sometimes Lebanon is also combined with Harrisburg). Metropolitan Lebanon was 333rd on the list with a GDP of $3.5 billion. Lebanon had a modest gain in 2009 of .6 percent.