Employment is a critical measure of an economy’s health. Data on jobs is among the first economic data that is reported, especially at the local level, and thus provides insight into trends. The levels of employment by industry are an important indicator of the structure of a local economy and also provide insight into trends affecting specific sectors/industries.
Data for this indicator was obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) for March 2017 and March 2018. The percent change/growth rate was calculated using those figures.
Labor force and employment
Both the number of residents in the labor force and the number of employed residents for each of the NSJV counties was obtained from the California Employment Development Department (EDD). County totals were summed to obtain the NSJV total. 2018 data is from the CBPR California and Metro Forecast.
Data for this indicator was obtained from the California Employment Development Department (EDD) as a rate. The number of unemployed residents for each NSJV county was divided by their labor force to derive the unemployment rate for the NSJV. 2018 data is from the CBPR California and Metro Forecast.
Major occupational categories sorted by wage level (2017)
|Healthcare Practitioners and Technical||$93,623||27,720|
|Architecture and Engineering||$83,244||3,240|
|Computer and Mathematical||$74,518||4,030|
|High Wage (over $70,000 annually)||$95,297||56,960|
|Business and Financial Operations||$69,290||14,420|
|Life, Physical, and Social Science||$66,928||3,300|
|Education, Training, and Library||$59,611||39,500|
|Construction and Extraction||$52,043||17,230|
|Installation, Maintenance, and Repair||$49,399||19,170|
|Community and Social Service||$48,920||9,180|
|Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media||$48,137||3,210|
|Middle Wage ($40,000 to $70,000 annually)||$56,758||116,460|
|Transportation and Material Moving||$38,165||53,140|
|Office and Administrative Support||$37,856||72,610|
|Sales and Related||$35,375||47,110|
|Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance||$27,324||12,610|
|Food Preparation and Service Related||$26,615||42,950|
|Farming, Fishing, and Forestry||$26,449||21,960|
|Personal Care and Service||$26,197||23,750|
|Low Wage (under $40,000 annually)||$33,883||319,840|
Data for this indicator was obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Employment Statistics (OES). The wage level categories were chosen by CBPR staff. The average wage for each category is a weighted average based on employment levels for each occupation. Total employment and the change in employment are sums of each of the occupations in the three wage categories.