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Each Labor Day, the Employment Development Department (EDD) takes time to remind California workers and employers of the valuable, no-cost resources available to help them with their career or business development, as well as highlight key workforce data from the state and by region.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Californians have faced unprecedented challenges and the demand for unemployment benefits has reached historic levels. As part of California’s workforce development system – a network of services connecting job seekers to career opportunities and employers to well-trained workers – we are committed to helping workers and employers with the support they need to provide for themselves, their families, and their businesses.

Here you’ll learn about the top in-demand occupations by skill level in California, current labor market trends and data, and the no-cost resources that are available. Here at the EDD, Our Business is Your Success.SM

In-Demand Occupations

We have compiled the top five occupations of varying skill levels for each of California’s 15 economic regions, according to the most online job advertisements over the 60-day period from June 19 to August 17, 2021.

  • Entry-level occupations require a high school diploma or equivalent or less.
  • Middle-skill occupations require more education or training than a high school diploma but not necessarily a four-year college degree.
  • High-skill occupations require a four-year college degree.

The state’s workforce development system can help you with your job search, training, creating a resume, and more.

Select a region to see the current number of advertisements in these occupations.

Labor Day Briefing

Each year, we release A Labor Day Briefing for California (PDF). This briefing shows important labor market trends and current statistics relating to the state’s economy today.

Resources for Employers

Are you looking for skilled workers? Interested in saving money on training costs? Need help recruiting talent or finding tax credits and incentives? Visit Employer Information for no-cost resources to help your business succeed.

Resources for Job Seekers

Do you need job search assistance? Want to attend training to learn a new skill? Are you a veteran looking to return to work? Visit Job Seeker Information for no-cost resources to help you develop your skills and find a job.