The state of California has seen a decrease in unemployment numbers over the course of the 2015 year. Being such a highly populated state, lowered unemployment numbers mean job growth throughout the state. Labor analysts were able to determine that California’s Bay Area is looking especially bright for future jobs. Employment in the Bay Area alone is looking brighter, but the state of California as a whole created a great amount of jobs in 2015.
Job development in 2015
Labor lawyer and former director of the Employment Development, Michael Bernick, said that California’s labor market did extremely well in 2015. In fact, over 400,000 jobs were created throughout the year. This is a trend that has been continuing since the recession. Since 2010 through 2015, the total number of jobs created around the state totals about 2.1 million. Back in 2010, California had an unemployment rate of 12.5 percent, and in just five years, that number decreased to only 5.7 percent. This decrease over the past couple of years might be due to a change in the workplace since the recession. Bernick said there has been a breakdown of full-time work into part-time work, contingent work, and independent contracting.
Jobs look bright in 2016
It is no surprise that with the decrease in unemployment rates and steady job growth since 2010 that Bernick says California is only expected see continued job growth in 2016. Bernick believes that there will be an increased in independent contracting positions, which might decline full-time positions with benefits. This might strengthen entrepreneurs to create more new businesses in California, which will only add to growing number of jobs available in the state. This will only allow the economy to flourish as well.
Governor Jerry Brown budget plans added to the mix
Just recently, Governor Jerry Brown came up with a plan to help reduce the state’s debt. To do this, they would add two billion dollars to a rainy day fund, to be used in the case of any unforeseen emergencies. Assemblyman, Jim Cooper, gave his thoughts about the new budget and believes the Governor has made some great plans that will continue to help with the economy and the creation of new jobs. He believes there needs to be a focus on fixing California roads and transportation needs. Investing in education will help create more of those jobs needed to continue on a bright job future for 2016.
Fastest growing occupations in California
Since job growth is looking bright in 2016, what types of jobs are expected to grow? The state of California’s Employment Development Department has a list of the 100 Fastest Growing Occupations in California, based on numbers in 2012 to the year 2022. Economists are the number one growing occupation, with a growth of 64.5 percent throughout the ten year span. The number of personal care aids is already in the hundred thousands, and is expected to grow an additional 51.8 percent by 2022. You can check out the full list of occupations by clicking here.