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SLO County Job Demand Impressive 

June 13,2107-

Jobless Rate Among State’s Lowest

There is nothing slow about the economy in SLO County according to new information published by the state EDD.

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 9.16.51 AMNot only is our jobless rate among the lowest in California – there is impressive job growth and employer demand for new workers here.

Using data collected from April 2017, San Luis Obispo’s jobless rate is among the lowest in the state at 3.3 percent, the best performance of coastal counties. Only a couple of Bay Area counties have a lower unemployment number.

The state EDD has just published the “San Luis Obispo Scorecard” with the agency acting as neutral scorekeeper for how the county’s economy ranks compared to other coastal counties.

The visual chart/report also includes the Top 15 Middle-Skill, Middle Wage Jobs for Coastal Counties and other comparisons.

According to the scorecard, there were advertisements in April for almost 4000 jobs in the county led by 2262 in the City of San Luis Obispo. Paso Robles boasted 532 job listings and the rest of the cities in the county showed triple and double digit job listings. San Miguel and Los Osos each had listings for over 50 jobs.

The EDD says Cal Poly had the most openings by employer in the county in April with190 jobs followed by Tenant Healthcare at 160, Cuesta College at 72 jobs and Dignity Health listing 66 job positions (see chart).

Among the job categories in high demand now are registered nurses at 199, with140 retail positions offered and 84 food prep jobs. There are ads for 80 maintenance and repair workers in the county and 80 tractor trailer drivers. The EDD got some of this data from the Conference Board.

The scorecard reports government remains the top employer in the county with nearly 24 thousand jobs followed by private positions in trade/transportation/utilities with some 21 thousand jobs. This category shows how the county’s economy has improved from the depth of the recession in February 2010 when this industry sported a low of 18,300 jobs here – now with 21,200 as of April 2017, just off a record high last November when there were 21,800 trade jobs.

The scorecard also offers a glimpse of where future jobs will be on the Central Coast – led by demand for registered nurses paying a median avenge of $101,728. The area needs1469 more truck drivers by 2022 says the EDD, paying almost $45,000.

Of course critics often point the relative high cost of living in SLO County and if these jobs don’t seem to pay enough – better stay in school.

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