Labor Day 2016 #WorkingInCA
Message from the EDD Director
Labor Day is a special holiday for us at the Employment Development Department (EDD). It is a reminder of what we have been tasked to do for California. We have the privilege of serving California employers and workers with a variety of employment-related services, as well as services to assist people financially who find themselves out of work or temporarily unable to work. And these are not tasks we take lightly. We diligently look for the most innovative and efficient ways to provide those services.
In honor of Labor Day, we have created this web page to give you a glimpse into California’s current job market and economy, let you know how the EDD’s employment and training services in partnership with state and local agencies are helping Californians get back into the job market, and also highlight some resources for job seekers and employers, should you need them.
The EDD is here to help you. Our business is your success. On behalf of everyone at the EDD, I wish you a happy Labor Day.
Patrick W. Henning Jr.
California’s Job Market at a Glance
Each year as the nation celebrates Labor Day, the EDD provides a status report on the State’s economy in our annual Labor Day Briefing, and uses labor data to develop top in-demand job lists to help job seekers discover the employment opportunities in their area.
Labor Day Briefing
The Labor Day Briefing for California presents significant labor market trends and current statistics relating to California’s Job Market.
Some highlights of this year’s Labor Day Briefing include:
- California leads the nation in job growth over the last year – gaining 374,600 jobs.
- With seasonally adjusted nonfarm payrolls totaling nearly 16.5 million jobs, California was home to one out of every nine of the nation’s jobs in July 2016, (the most recent data available).
- The EDD projects 1.8 million job openings by the end of next year across a number of industries that include both new jobs created and replacement jobs.
- Job demand in California is expected to grow for many occupations requiring varying degrees of experience and education including Registered Nurses, Accountants, Teacher Assistants, and Office Clerks.
Top In-Demand Jobs by Region
Software Developers? Firefighters? Truck drivers? What are the top 5 in-demand jobs in your region? The EDD has compiled the top middle-skill occupations in each of 14 different economic regions of the state.
Find out the 5 Top In-Demand Middle-Skill Occupations in each region, along with the number of projected openings and the median annual wages.
Training Dollars at Work
The EDD provides grant funding for training programs throughout California that are designed to assist Californian job seekers obtain employment, and help employers hire the skilled workers they need to succeed.
Did you know ProMatch in Sunnyvale helped 248 people obtain updated skills to get back to work in the rapidly evolving technology industry? Or that hundreds of people in Los Angeles County received training to fill a demand for qualified, professional administrative personnel? Select a city below to read about how training dollars are at work in that area:
Job Seeker Resources
- The Path to Your Next Job Video
- The Path to Your Next Job Tip Card
- Toolbox for Job Seeker
- CalJOBSSM and the CalJOBSSM Mobile App
- America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM