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Employment and Occupational Information in California



Snapshot of Employment in California in 2010
14,001,730
Total Employment
12.20 %
Unemployment Rate
$50,730
Average Annual Salary
  • #1 amongst U.S. states ranked by total employment.

  • #6 amongst U.S. states ranked by average annual wages.

  • #23 amongst U.S. states ranked by average annual wages growth from the previous year.

  • #29 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its male civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #29 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its male civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #30 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #44 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its female civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #40 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #44 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its female civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #47 amongst U.S. states ranked by total employment growth from the previous year.

  • #49 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate among men.

  • #50 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate among women.

  • #50 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate.

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Total Employment for California in 2010
Figure 1. Total Employment
Total Employment by Gender for California in 2010
Figure 2. Employment by Gender
Employment Percent Change for California in 2010 Figure 3. Employment Percent Change
Unemployment Rate for California in 2010 Figure 4. Unemployment Rate
Percent of Civilian Population (16 and above) in Employment in California in 2010 Figure 5. Percentage of Civilian Population in Employment


California
United States
Total Employment
14,001,730
127,097,160
Total Employment Amount Change from 2009 to 2010
-530,910
-3,550,450
Total Employment Percent Change from 2009 to 2010
-0.04 %
-0.03 %
Percent of Women Employed
50.60 %
53.60 %
Percent of Men Employed
62.60 %
58.50 %
Unemployment Rate
12.20 %
9.60 %
Unemployment Rate Amongst Women
11.30 %
8.60 %
Unemployment Rate Amongst Men
12.90 %
10.50 %
Table 1. Employment Information for California


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Salary Information for California
Annual Salary Distribution for California in 2010 Figure 6. Annual Salary Distribution
Hourly Wage Distribution for California in 2010 Figure 7. Hourly Wage Distribution
Average Annual Salary for California in 2010 Figure 8. Average Annual Salary
Average Hourly Wage for California in 2010 Figure 9. Average Hourly Wage
Wage Increase Percent for California in 2010 Figure 10. Average Annual Wage Percent Change


California
United States
Average Annual Salary
$50,730
$44,410
Average Hourly Wage
$24.39
$21.35
Average Annual Salary Change from 2009 to 2010
0.02 %
0.02 %
Table 2. Salary Information for California


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VIEW ALL CALIFORNIA OCCUPATIONS HERE
HIGHEST PAYING OCCUPATIONS
1. Management Occupations: $119,480
2. Legal Occupations: $119,130
3. Architecture and Engineering Occupations: $88,150
4. Computer and Mathematical Occupations: $87,990
5. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: $85,780
Table 3. Highest Paying California Occupations

FASTEST GROWING SALARIES
1. Business and Financial Operations Occupations: 0.04 %
2. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 0.03 %
3. Legal Occupations: 0.03 %
4. Management Occupations: 0.03 %
5. Architecture and Engineering Occupations: 0.03 %
Table 4. California Occupations with the Fastest Growing Salaries

POPULAR OCCUPATIONS
1. Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 17.36 %
2. Sales and Related Occupations: 10.08 %
3. Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations: 8.72 %
4. Education, Training, and Library Occupations: 6.71 %
5. Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: 6.38 %
Table 5. Popular California Occupations
(Percentage of Total Employment for the State)
FASTEST GROWING EMPLOYMENT
1. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 0.04 %
2. Healthcare Support Occupations: 0.03 %
3. Computer and Mathematical Occupations: 0.01 %
4. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations: 0.01 %
5. Business and Financial Operations Occupations: 0.01 %
Table 6. California Occupations with the Fastest Growing Employment


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California Metro Areas Information


VIEW ALL METRO AREAS IN CALIFORNIA
HIGHEST PAYING METRO AREAS
1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $67,850
2. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA: $63,290
3. Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA: $56,360
4. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA: $50,240
5. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA: $50,200
Table 7. Metro Areas with the Highest Salaries

METRO AREAS WITH FASTEST GROWING WAGES
1. Bakersfield, CA: 0.05 %
2. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA: 0.04 %
3. Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA: 0.03 %
4. Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA: 0.03 %
5. Madera, CA: 0.03 %
Table 8. Metro Areas with the Fastest Growing Salaries

POPULAR METRO AREAS
1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA: 3,817,570
2. Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA: 1,374,310
3. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA: 1,238,720
4. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA: 1,140,830
5. Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA: 951,150
Table 9. Metro Areas with Highest Employment
FASTEST GROWING METRO AREAS
1. El Centro, CA: -0.01 %
2. Salinas, CA: -0.01 %
3. Visalia-Porterville, CA: -0.01 %
4. Hanford-Corcoran, CA: -0.01 %
5. Napa, CA: -0.02 %
Table 10. Metro Areas with the Fastest Growing Employment


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California Business Statistics Information
LARGEST NUMER OF FIRMS
1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA : 289,987
2. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA : 100,842
3. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA : 65,530
4. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA : 55,467
5. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA : 39,304
Table 11. Metro Areas with the Largest Number of Registered Firms (2008)
HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS
1. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA : 1.23
2. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA : 1.22
3. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA : 1.2
4. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA : 1.19
5. Stockton, CA : 1.18
Table 12. Metro Areas with the Highest Number of Establishments Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT PER FIRM
1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA : 23.73
2. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA : 19.79
3. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA : 19.48
4. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA : 18.48
5. Stockton, CA : 18.28
Table 13. Metro Areas with the Highest Number of Employees Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST ANNUAL PAYROLL PER FIRM
1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA : $1,811,904
2. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA : $1,191,071
3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA : $873,558
4. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA : $808,202
5. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA : $763,122
Table 14. Metro Areas with the Highest Annual Payroll Per Firm (2008)


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California Industry Business Statistics Information
LARGEST EMPLOYMENT
1. Retail trade: 12.14%
2. Health care and social assistance: 11.97%
3. Accommodation and food services: 10.26%
4. Manufacturing: 10.07%
5. Professional, scientific, and technical services: 8.65%
Table 15. Local Industries with the Largest Employment (2008)
LARGEST NUMER OF FIRMS
1. Professional, scientific, and technical services: 105,117
2. Health care and social assistance: 83,165
3. Construction: 76,454
4. Retail trade: 73,147
5. Other services (except public administration): 63,245
Table 16. Local Industries with the Largest Number of Registered Firms (2008)
HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT PER FIRM
1. Management of companies and enterprises: 79.98
2. Information: 38.69
3. Manufacturing: 34.14
4. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction: 34.08
5. Educational services: 32.83
Table 17. Local Industries with the Highest Number of Employees Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST ANNUAL PAYROLL PER FIRM
1. Management of companies and enterprises: $8,107,389
2. Information: $3,308,064
3. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction: $2,924,213
4. Finance and insurance: $1,938,880
5. Manufacturing: $1,836,016
Table 18. Local Industries with the Highest Annual Payroll Per Firm (2008)


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Further Information on Employment and Occupations in California


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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor and U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce


CALIFORNIA METRO AREAS


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