Merced County Profile


 
About this area:
Located in central California, Merced is bordered by Santa Clara County to the northwest, Stanislaus County to the north, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties to the east, Madera and Fresno counties to the south, and San Benito County to the west. More than half of the county’s land is made up of an agriculturally-rich alluvial plain produced by the Chowchilla, San Joaquin, and Merced Rivers. Agriculture is one of the county’s main sources of revenue and, based on production, Merced is the fifth-leading agricultural county in California. Milk and related products from Merced’s commercial dairies generate the greatest amount of revenue. Other crops grown in commercial quantities include poultry, beef, almonds, and tomatoes.
EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES
Unemployment Rate and Labor Force (Not Seasonally Adjusted)[Top]
Area
Year
Time Period
Labor Force
No. of
Employed
No. of
Unemployed
Unemployment Rate
Merced County 2020Dec113,600100,50013,10011.5
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Employment by Industry (Not Seasonally Adjusted)[Top]
Year
Time Period
CES
Industry Title
No. of
Employed
2020DecTotal Wage and Salary78,000
2020DecTotal Nonfarm65,900
2020DecService Providing54,200
2020DecTotal Private48,400
2020DecPrivate Service Providing36,700
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Occupations with Fastest Job Growth (% change)[Top]
OccupationEstimated Year -
Projected Year
Employment
Employment Change
Estimated ProjectedNumberPercent
Nurse Practitioners2016 - 202660903050.0
Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers2016 - 202640602050.0
Painters, Transportation Equipment2016 - 202640602050.0
Personal Care Aides2016 - 20262,5403,7601,22048.0
Other Personal Care and Service Workers2016 - 20263,0504,3701,32043.3
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Projections of Employment by Industry
 
High Wage Occupations[Top]
OccupationYearTime PeriodHourly
Mean
Hourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
Dentists, General20201st Qtr$108.96$70.60$0.00$0.00
Chief Executives20201st Qtr$107.49$66.39$0.00$0.00
Architectural and Engineering Managers20201st Qtr$90.09$60.20$76.17$0.00
Police and Detective Supervisors20201st Qtr$76.85$72.63$0.00$0.00
Physicians, All Other; Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric*20201st Qtr$75.79$28.15$59.78$0.00
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Data for Merced County is not available. Data for Merced MSA has been displayed for High Wage Occupations
 

ECONOMIC INDICATORS
Building Permits (US Census Bureau)[Top]
Type of Permit
Year
Time Period
No. of Permits
Total Costs
Multi-Family 2019Annual0$0
Single Family 2019Annual945$275,254,697
Total all types construction permits 2019Annual945$275,254,697
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Consumer Price Index (US BLS & Calif. DIR)[Top]
AreaConsumer Price Index % Change
Time Period2019Time Period2018
United States Annual255.7Annual251.11.8
California Annual280.6Annual272.53.0
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Data for Merced County is not available. Data for California has been displayed for Consumer Price Index (US BLS & Calif. DIR)
 
Median Price of Existing Homes Sold[Top]
Year
Time Period
Type
Median Price
2019AnnualMedian Price of Homes Sold$279,167
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State Revenues by Source[Top]
Tax Type Description
Year
Time Period
Tax Revenue
Alcoholic Beverage Taxes and Fees 2018Annual$377,662
Bank and Corporation (Income) Taxes 2018Annual$14,062,543
Cigarette Tax 2018Annual$2,077,224
Horse Racing (Parimutuel) License Fees 2018Annual$15,490
Estate, Inheritance and Gift Taxes 2018Annual$0
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Taxable Sales (Calif. Board of Equalization)[Top]
Year
Time Period
Sales Type Description
Sales
2019AnnualRetail $3,321,383,376
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POPULATION AND CENSUS DATA
Population[Top]
Area
Year
Time Period
Source
Population
Merced County 2018AnnualCalifornia Dept of Finance279,433
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Measures of Income[Top]
Income Type
Year
Time Period
Income
Population
Per Capita Personal Income - BEA2018Annual$38,519279,433
Total Personal Income - BEA2018Annual$10,583,691279,433
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County-to-County Commute Patterns (US Census Bureau)[Top]
Year
Time Period
Area of Residence
Area of WorkPlace
Number of Workers
2015CensusMerced County , CAMerced County , CA68,122
2015CensusMerced County , CAStanislaus County , CA11,195
2015CensusStanislaus County , CAMerced County , CA6,884
2015CensusMerced County , CASanta Clara County , CA4,259
2015CensusMerced County , CAFresno County , CA1,857
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JOB OPENINGS & TRAINING PROVIDERS
Job Openings from JobCentral National Labor Exchange[Top]
 
Job Openings

Training Providers in Area[Top]
Provider Name
Provider Type
Location
Sierra College of BeautyApprenticeship, Business, Career, & Tech SchoolsMerced,CA
Merced Adult SchoolSchools with Occupational Programs (ROP)Merced,CA
Merced CollegeCommunity Colleges (two-year school)Merced,CA
H & R Block Income Tax School - MercedApprenticeship, Business, Career, & Tech SchoolsMerced,CA
Central Valley Opportunity CenterOther (incl. religious schools and seminaries)Winton,CA
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