The California Employment Development Department earlier this month reported that the state added 22900 jobs in February. According to a new study by the University of Redlands Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA), jobs across the state grew by 315800, or 1.9%, since last February.
Education and Health Services drives job growth in past year
The largest job gains across California were in Education and Health Services, with 89100 jobs added in the past year. Job gains in this industry were highest in Los Angeles County (+31300 jobs), Riverside and San Bernardino Counties (+7700 jobs), and Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (+6900 jobs).
The largest job losses were in Manufacturing (-9600 jobs statewide). Job losses in this industry were highest in Los Angeles County (-8700 jobs), Sonoma County (-1500 jobs), and Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (-1100 jobs).
Jobs grew fastest in zip codes with 500-999 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). Large circles represent a large number of workers, and green circles indicate fast growing zip codes.
Overall, areas with 500-999 people per square mile grew faster than other areas at 2.3% over the year. This is followed by areas with 200-499 people per square mile (2.2% annual growth). Areas with less than 200 people per square mile grew the third fastest at 2%). Areas with 1000 or more people per square mile grew the slowest at 1.9%.
Amador County grew fastest
The fastest growing counties were Amador County (growing at 5.7% over the year), Glenn County (4.8%), and Madera County (4.2%). Zip codes in these counties can be identified on the map due to their large green circles. Slowest growing were Alpine County (-11.6%), Mariposa County (-3.1%), and Colusa County (-2%). Zip codes in these counties can be spotted due to their large red or yellow circles.
The video below illustrates employment growth across California. For additional videos, head to the ISEA YouTube channel.
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.
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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. State employment are seasonally adjusted, while county and zip code employment are not. 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
Author: Jess Chen, Ph.D., Jess_Chen@redlands.edu
Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis,
University of Redlands, School of Business
Contact: Johannes Moenius, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis,
University of Redlands, School of Business