Santa Cruz County, California

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This page contains current and historical labor market information for Santa Cruz County, California, which is also known as the Santa Cruz–Watsonville Metropolitan Statistical Area. Some data are available only at the Metropolitan Division level. Santa Cruz County is part of the Coastal Economic Market. Questions about these data and the local area economy should be directed to the Local Labor Market Consultant assigned to this area.

Santa Cruz County Profile

Santa Cruz is located along the north side of Monterey Bay on the central coast of California. Surrounding counties include San Mateo to the north, Santa Clara to the east, and Monterey to the south. Mild weather, natural beauty, a major university, and proximity to the Silicon Valley contribute to the economic opportunities as well as the quality of life in the county. With an abundance of coastline, accessible beaches, and nearby mountains, Santa Cruz County is a popular vacation and recreation area. Visit the Santa Cruz County Local Area Profile for more information.

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  • Unemployment Rates and Labor Force

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The EDD provides an overview of the Industry Employment Data in Santa Cruz County. Use the Industry Employment - Official Monthly Estimates  tool to search for data by industry or geographic area.

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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

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The Occupational Employment Statistics and Wages (OES) 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.

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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.

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For additional information, visit the LMI by Subject webpage.