Workforce Development

Please visit our Business Resources Workforce Development page to find additional resources and detailed information about programs to help develop our region's growing workforce

Several organizations have provided reports about workforce development in the Monterey Bay Region. 


For the latest labor market snapshot from the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board, please view the latest report Monterey County Labor Market Snapshot (December 2016) to view data on:
  • Unadjusted unemployment rates for Monterey County for December 2016
  • Monthly unemployment rate trends for Monterey County - December 2014 to December 2016
  • December 2016 unemployment stats including unemployment rate by city in Monterey County
  • Top 25 occupations with highest # of job openings in Monterey County on January 30, 2017
  • Top 20 employers with the highest # of job openings in Monterey County on January 30, 2017
  • Occupations from job openings with the highest paying mean (annual) wages in Monterey County on January 30, 2017
Economic Analysis Tool

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an Interactive map and data table tool to provide information on Regional Economic Analysis Profiles. We have included that tool here for your convenience. 

Note: Please select Sub-Market (12) to view data for Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties.



  • The total population in the Monterey Bay Region in 2010 was 737,300 and is forecasted to grow nearly 29% by 2060 to reach 947,700.
  • Monterey County accounted for 57% of the total regions population in 2010 and will increase that share to 73% by 2060.
  • Santa Cruz County population will grow well under the state average through 2060 as its population grows from 263,700 in 2010 to 314,900 in 2060, increasing its share of the total region population from 36% to 43% during the same period.
  • San Benito County will have a 5-year growth rate higher than the state, Monterey County and Santa Cruz County for every 5 year period through 2060.
  • San Benito County population is projected to nearly double from 2010 to 2060 growing from 55,500 in 2010 to 99,200.
Source(s): California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit Report P-1.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 


  • In 2015, the Tri-County Region had a workforce of approximately 395,400, which is 2.1% of the states total workforce.
  • In 2015, Monterey County accounted for 56.0% of the total workforce in the region, followed by Santa Cruz County with 36.5% of the total and San Benito County with 7.5%.
Source(s): State of California Employment Development Department - Unemployment Rate and Labor Force.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 


  • In 2014, the unemployment rate in all three counties of the Monterey Bay Area remain higher than the state total unemployment rate.
  • Monterey County unemployment rate will remain higher than the state unemployment rate for the foreseeable future and is expected to be 6.7% by 2020.
  • Santa Cruz County unemployment rate will begin to be near the state unemployment rate by 2017, when Santa Cruz County is expected to have an unemployment rate of 5.8%.
  • San Benito County is forecasted to make great strides in improving its unemployment rate and by 2016 will be less than the Monterey County average and is expected to hit a 6% unemployment rate by 2020.
Source(s): California Department of Transportation - Long-Term Socio-Economic Forecasts.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 


  • In the Monterey Bay Region, the total industry employment in 2014 was 302,930 and is expected to grow 11% by 2025 to reach 334,330.
  • Monterey County accounts for 60.6% of total industry employment in the Monterey Bay Region in 2014 and is expected to remain about the same in by 2025.
  • Santa Cruz County industry employment is expected to grow from 103,500 in 2014 to 113,900 in 2025, however it will continue to remain about 34.1% of total industry employment in the Monterey Bay Region.
  • San Benito County industry employment is forecasted to grow from 15,690 in 2014 to 18,030 by 2025 and will remain about 5.5% of the regions total.
Source(s): California Department of Transportation - Long-Term Socio-Economic Forecasts.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

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  • In Monterey County, the overall mean annual wage is $44,546 in 2014, nearly 19% less than the California average of $54,920.
  • In Santa Cruz County, the overall mean annual wage is $50,344, which is 6% less than the California average.
  • In Monterey County, the highest paying occupational groups are:
    1. Management
    2. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
    3. Computer and Mathematical
    4. Legal
    5. Life, Physical, and Social Science
  • In Santa Cruz County, the highest paying occupational groups are:
    1. Legal
    2. Management
    3. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
    4. Architecture and Engineering
    5. Computer and Mathematical
 
Source(s): California Employment Development Department, Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey Results.

Note: In the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, San Benito County is part of the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA and therefore not included in the graph below.

Please select a Major Occupational Group from the drop down list to compare mean annual wages between California, Monterey County and Santa Cruz County for the years 2010-2014.
 
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Please select a Major Age Group from the drop down list to compare population age group composition between California, Monterey County and Santa Cruz County for the 10 year periods from 2010-2060.
 
Source(s): California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit Report P-1.
 
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  • Working age population in Monterey County was 213,900 in 2010 and is forecasted to grow nearly 15% to be 245,400 by 2060.
  • Monterey County's working age population is currently at 51.4% of the total county population and is projected to be 46% by 2060.
  • Young retirees, mature retirees and seniors will make up an increasing greater portion of the county population, combining for 10.9% of the total in 2010 and is forecasted to double to 22.5% by 2060.
Source(s): California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit Report P-1.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 



  • Working age population in Santa Cruz County was 141,700 in 2010 and is forecasted to decline slightly to 137,500 by 2060.
  • Santa Cruz County's working age population is currently at 53.7% of the total county population and is projected to be 43.7% by 2060.
  • Young retirees, mature retirees and seniors will make up an increasing greater portion of the county population, combining for 11.2% of the total in 2010 and is forecasted to double to 24.6% by 2060.
Source(s): California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit Report P-1.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 



  • Working age population in San Benito County was 28,800 in 2010 and is forecasted to grow 68.4% to 48,500 in 2060.
  • San Benito County's working age population is currently at 51.9% of the total county population and is projected to be 48.9% by 2060.
  • Young retirees, mature retirees and seniors will make up an increasing greater portion of the county population, combining for 9.8% of the total in 2010 and is forecasted to double to 19.4% by 2060.
Source(s): California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit Report P-1.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 


Please select a Major Race/Ethnicity Group from the drop down list to compare population race/ethnicity composition between California, Monterey County and Santa Cruz County for the 10 year periods from 2010-2060.

Source(s): California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit Report P-1.
 
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  • Monterey County total population is expected to grow 28.2% from 2010 to 2060, with the Hispanic race/ethnicity being the fastest growing group, growing 76.6% during the same period.
  • The Hispanic race/ethnicity in 2010 accounted for 55.5% of the total county population and by 2060 is forecasted to be 76.5%.
  • The second largest race/ethnicity in 2010, White, is forecasted to go from 32.9% in 2010 to 15.2% by 2060.
Source(s): California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit Report P-1.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 



  • Santa Cruz County total population is expected to grow 19.4% from 2010 to 2060, with the Asian race/ethnicity being the fastest growing group, growing 180.6% during the same period.
  • The White race/ethnicity in 2010 accounted for 59.9% of the total county population and by 2060 is forecasted to be 34.9%.
  • The second largest race/ethnicity in 2010, Hispanic, is forecasted to go from 32% of the total county population in 2010 to 50.3% by 2060, becoming the largest race/ethnicity in Santa Cruz County.
Source(s): California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit Report P-1.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 



  • San Benito County total population is expected to grow 78.7% from 2010 to 2060, with the Asian race/ethnicity being the fastest growing group, growing 623.1% during the same period.
  • The Hispanic race/ethnicity in 2010 accounted for 56.4% of the total county population and by 2060 is forecasted to be 61.6%.
  • The second largest race/ethnicity in 2010, White, is forecasted to go from 38.4% of the total county population in 2010 to 24.7% by 2060.
Source(s): California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit Report P-1.