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Did you look for a job in 2019? If so, you probably have a general feel for how your local job market it is. Which is good. Or bad. Or somewhere in between. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.
Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2019 it was easiest to find a job in California.
Here are the top 10, most sizzling hot job markets in California for 2019:
There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it is easiest to get a job in California. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.
We used the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics to pull data for the main California metro areas.
While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job markets in the country.
The lower the score in each category the better. For example, San Jose had an average salary of $72,358, earning it the #1 spot in Current Average Wage. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 24 metro areas from 1-to-24. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.
Here is a more in-depth breakdown of the top 10, with the full list at the bottom:
Employed Population: 1,000,827
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Average Annual Wage: $72,358
Employed Population: 246,663
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Average Annual Wage: $62,697
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Average Annual Wage: $62,232
Employed Population: 992,325
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Average Annual Wage: $66,324
Employed Population: 192,341
Unemployment Rate: 4%
Average Annual Wage: $64,034
Employed Population: 349,673
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Average Annual Wage: $60,472
Employed Population: 70,513
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Average Annual Wage: $63,771
Employed Population: 395,031
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Average Annual Wage: $57,349
Employed Population: 205,852
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Average Annual Wage: 62,243
Employed Population: 132,067
Unemployment Rate: 3%
Average Annual Wage: $59,195
You might be reading this and thinking, “Hey, I live in San Jose and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!” That’s entirely possible.
While San Jose and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in California, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in San Jose will have an easier time than those in El Centro, which came in dead last.
Check out the full list below to see where your city landed.
|Rank||City||Unemployment Rate||Employed Population||Average Wage|
|1||San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara||2||1,000,827||72,358|
|9||Santa Maria-Santa Barbara||3||205,852||62,243|
|10||San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande||3||132,067||59,195|
Curious where this lands them nationally? Check out our national ranking of the best job markets in the US.
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