Labor Market Information for the State of California (Statewide Summary)
California is home to over 39.5 million residents, making it the most populous state in the United States, and is the third largest by area. California has two major regions, known as Northern California and Southern California. Northern California is home to Silicon Valley, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the vineyards of Napa Valley, and the capital is in Sacramento. Southern California is home to Disneyland, Hollywood, and beautiful beaches in Los Angeles and San Diego.
The files listed below are for the State of California as a whole. Not listed here are county or MSA. Questions about these data and the local area economy may be addressed to the Local Labor Market Consultant.
California’s agricultural industry is the largest of any U.S. State, although only makes up a tiny share of California’s diverse economy. California would be the fifth largest economy in the world if it were a country. Visit the Labor Day Briefing and the California Profile for more information.
- Official California Press Release – Employment Development Department (PDF)
- California Current Month Labor Force (PDF) Seasonally Adjusted, Not Seasonally Adjusted
- California Historical Labor Force Data (Excel) Seasonally Adjusted, Not Seasonally Adjusted
- US, California and Los Angeles County Current Labor Force Comparison (PDF)
- California Labor Market Review (PDF)
- Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) Labor Force Data
Projections of Employment estimate the changes in industry and occupational employment over time resulting from industry growth, technological change, and other factors. California produces long-term (10 year) projections of employment every 2 years for the State and local areas. Statewide short-term (2 year) projections are revised annually.
Long-Term Occupational Projections
The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. These are estimates of the number of people employed in certain occupations and the wages paid to them. The wage data has not been validated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and are not official BLS data series; however, EDD Labor Market Information Division feels that the additional information is useful to users of our wage data.
The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by California Unemployment Insurance laws. The QCEW program serves as a near census of monthly employment and quarterly wage information at the state and county levels and provides the most detailed industry data available. The QCEW data is usually published six months after the end of the quarter.
For additional information, visit the LMI by Subject webpage.