Military & Government
 

Military & Government: Overview

Due to its strategic location, Monterey has historically been a key military outpost. Today, the city's military installations continue to provide tremendous support to the economy, particularly through its educational institutions. Five of the country’s premier military education and research institutions are located in the Monterey Bay Region. These include:
Additionally, a new VA-DOD clinic will be built on 14-acres of the former Fort Ord military base in Marina. The VA Monterey Health Care Center will be the first clinic built from the ground up to care for active duty service members, their family and all veterans under one roof. Construction of the clinic began this year and will take approximately 18-24 months to complete. The federal government anticipates opening the clinic in the fall of 2016.

When completed, the three-story building, 104,000-square-foot facility will provide care for the approximately 80,000 active duty military and retired veterans living on California’s Central Coast. The clinic will replace the VA’s existing clinic, which is too small to serve the current population, and cannot be expanded.
 



 
Geomapping of Military & Government Employment

  • Click on the image below to go to MBEP's Regional Geomapping Tool to see an interactive detailed look at military and government employment in the region.
 
 
 

Military - Defense Language Institute and Naval Postgraduate School
 
  • The Defense Language Institute and Naval Postgraduate School contribute $1.4 billion annually to the regional economy and employ a workforce of 15,670, according to the Monterey Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Naval Postgraduate School Fact Books and Fact Sheets provides information on students, faculty, resources and financial.
  • The Defense Language Institute provides Annual Program Review Documents for a detailed look at the institution.


 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Industry Employment
 
  • Employment in the government industry in 2014:
    • Monterey County: 30,300
    • Santa Cruz County: 20,900
    • San Benito County: 2,800
  • Growth in government employment since 2000:
    • Monterey County: -0.3% (total industry employment grew 9.4%)
    • Santa Cruz County: 7.2% (total industry employment grew  -2%)
    • San Benito County: 0% (total industry employment grew  7.3%)
Source(s): State of California Employment Development Department - Employment by Industry Data
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  • In Monterey County, 17% of all industry employment was in the government industry in 2014, above the state average of 15%.
  • In Santa Cruz County, 20.2% of all industry employment was in the government industry in 2014, above the state average.
  • In San Benito County, 17.4% of all industry employment was in the government industry in 2014.
Source(s): State of California Employment Development Department - Employment by Industry Data

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Industry Employment Comparisons

  • In 2014, Government employment is among the largest in the Monterey Bay Region:
    • Monterey County: Government has the second largest industry employment, next to the farm industry.
    • Santa Cruz County: Government has the largest industry employment, followed by Educational & Health Services.
    • San Benito County: Government has the largest industry employment, followed closely by Manufacturing and Retail Trade.

Source(s): State of California Employment Development Department - Employment by Industry Data

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Local, State and Federal Government Employment

  • Government employment in the three Monterey Bay region counties is mostly in the local level:
    • Monterey County:  64.7% Local, 18.2% State, 17.2% Federal
    • Santa Cruz County: 58.6% Local, 39.1% State, 2.4% Federal
    • Monterey County: 88.9% Local, 7.4% State, 3.7% Federal
Source(s): State of California Employment Development Department - Employment by Industry Data

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Industry Employment Projections to 2030

  • Employment growth in government services is projected to stay stable through 2030.
  • Projected growth in government employment from 2014 to 2030:
    • Monterey County: 7.6% (14.1% total industry employment growth)
    • Santa Cruz County: 4.8% (12.7% total industry employment growth)
    • San Benito County: 10.7% (19.7% total industry employment growth)
Source(s): State of California Department of Transportation - Long Term Socio-Economic Forecasts by County
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