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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Labor Day 2012: Today and Beyond

The state Employment Development Department (EDD) is proud to serve California’s diverse and skilled labor force of more than 18 million people. One of our most important jobs is to help you find a job now and prepare you for jobs in the future.

We have pulled together data designed to help you take advantage of the increasing number of employment opportunities in California, providing information on what the top current job listings are for the state and major metropolitan areas, along with educational requirements and average earnings of those jobs. The information also lists the top projected job openings from 2011 through 2013.

The “Jobs in California – Today and Beyond” lists that follow reflect the jobs in demand as indicated by the number of job ads found on online job boards, including CalJOBSSM (EDD’s online job and résumé listing system), as well as the high number of projected openings, and a high median wage. These jobs require skills and education ranging from work experience to a bachelor’s degree.

The top job openings are broken down into 12 metropolitan regions (see links below): Bakersfield; the San Francisco Bay Area; the Central Coast; Chico; Fresno; the Inland Empire; Los Angeles-Orange County; the North Coast; Redding; Sacramento; San Diego; and the South Coast.

There is also a “Toolbox for Success,” which outlines tools and resources to assist you in your job search and career exploration, including information on new interactive California Occupational Guides, America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM, formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers, and CalJOBSSM.

We also have included the annual 2012 Labor Day Briefing report that provides an overview of California’s economy, and highlights trends in the state’s main industries and top occupations.

For in-person assistance with your employment or job search needs, please visit one of our America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM located throughout the state. There’s never a charge to help you find that job today or prepare for the opportunities of tomorrow.

Media Resources

2012 Labor Day Press Release
2012 Labor Day Briefing
2012 Labor Day Sound Bites Video
2012 Labor Day Sound Bites Video (En español)

Jobs in California: Today and Beyond (State and Local Data)