California Adds 59,600 Jobs in April

Jess Chen Analysis, Employment, Income & Wealth

Southern California Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 - Apr 2016

Southern California Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 – Apr 2016

California added 59,600 jobs in April, according to a new study by the University of Redlands Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA). Jobs across the state grew 2.83% since last April.

California Success Story

According to the Director of ISEA, Dr. Johannes Moenius, “California has consistently outperformed the rest of the nation in job growth during the more recent period of the recovery. What I find most fascinating is that this growth is not only a Silicon Valley or Inland Empire story, this is a California success story as job growth has been taken place in pretty much every corner of the Golden State.”

Professional and Business Services Drive Job Growth in Past Month

As for the nation as a whole, the largest job gains across California were in Professional and Business Services, with 17,900 jobs added in the past month across the state. Job gains in this industry were highest in Los Angeles County, San Benito and Santa Clara Counties, as well as San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

The largest job losses were in Information, with 1,800 jobs lost in the past month statewide. Job losses in this industry were highest in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, Ventura County, and Nevada County.

California Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 - Apr 2016

California Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 – Apr 2016

Jobs Grew Fastest in Past Year in Zip Codes with 1000 or More People per Square Mile

ISEA breaks down employment by zip code. The map above shows employment levels (represented by circle width) and annual change in employment (represented by circle color) for almost all zip codes in California. Overall, zip codes with 1000 or more people per square mile grew faster than other zip codes at 2.97% over the year. This is followed by zip codes with 500-999 people per square mile, which grew at 2.62%, zip codes with 200-499 people per square mile at 2.43% and zip codes with less than 200 people per square mile grew at 2.27%. Interestingly, each of this categories in California outperformed the same category nationally.

The fastest growing MSAs were Alpine County (growing at 47.62% over the year), Mono County (9.66%), and Madera County (7.74%). These counties can be identified on the map as they all exhibit large green circles. Slowest growing were Sierra County (with -8.47% annual growth), Tehama County (-0.25%) and Mariposa County (0.19%). These counties can be spotted due to their large red or yellow circles.

The pattern of regional job growth can be seen in the ISEA employment animation for California on the ISEA YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/ISEAatRedlands.

Detailed reports by zip-codes and small regional areas can be generated with the ISEA Data Explorer at http://www.iseapublish.com/map/. Could you give us some feedback to improve this tool? If yes, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISEASurvey and fill out our 5 minute survey. Thank you very much in advance!

METHODOLOGY

The researchers combined today’s data release on employment by industry from the California Employment Development Department with business pattern data by zip code and industry from the U.S. Census Bureau to arrive at their projected values. The researchers point out that, given the data available to them, their projected values are only rough approximations of the true values, and that accuracy is higher for counties with larger populations. Despite those shortcomings, the observed patterns should still be helpful for decision makers in politics, businesses and organizations to determine where to best direct their efforts.

About the University of Redlands Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA)

The Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA) serves regional, national and global business and government leaders in their needs to better understand how socio-economic phenomena affect their communities.  A division of the University of Redlands School of Business, ISEA publishes ongoing, timely reports covering retail, employment, housing, logistics and other special topics. A key distinction of the Institute is its ability to illustrate economic trends and patterns through the use of geo-spatial mapping techniques. In addition, ISEA’s ability to provide zip code level analysis for many of its reports provides unprecedented detail.  Current ISEA economic data and interactive maps may be found at http://www.iseapublish.com/map/

Additional Maps

Orange County Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 - Apr 2016

Orange County Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 – Apr 2016


Northern California Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 - Apr 2016

Northern California Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 – Apr 2016


Los Angeles County Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 - Apr 2016

Los Angeles County Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 – Apr 2016


Inland Empire Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 - Apr 2016

Inland Empire Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 – Apr 2016


San Diego County Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 - Apr 2016

San Diego County Annual Change in Employment, Apr 2015 – Apr 2016

Contact

Author: Jess Chen, Jess_Chen@redlands.edu
Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis,
University of Redlands, School of Business

Contact: Johannes Moenius, Ph.D., isea@redlands.edu
Director, Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis,
University of Redlands, School of Business