Completing your education in Northern California puts you in the right place at the right time. Even with a steady stream of laborers arriving from other areas daily, jobs are easier to find and more varied and abundant in Northern California than in any other region of the state.
Growth in the economy, especially the job market for northern counties has outstripped any in the south and central regions of the state. According to the California Employment Development Department, the area is enjoying a comfortable economic growth while most of the state and much of the country is experiencing job market stagnation or even decline. Areas around major population centers are especially hard hit and the movement of much of that population to the north has fueled a consistent if modest growth in counties such as Yuba. In the years 2000 through 2005, Yuba County experienced a labor force increase of over 13 percent while maintaining an unemployment rate of less than 10 percent, one of the lowest in the state.
Government, including Beale Air Force Base, accounts for a whopping 37 percent of all labor absorbed into the area as the need for additional services increases with a larger population and greater demand. The next largest sector is the trades, transportation and utilities sector with 14 percent followed by education and health services at 10 percent.
From a once predominantly agricultural area, Northern California is seeing education, medical and social services, professional, scientific, management and administrative positions make up the largest job segment. All of these job segments require substantial levels of experience or education for qualification. Employers in the area are starving for qualified, stable and reliable people to plug into many of their most critical and lucrative jobs. Top manufacturing employers range from industrial wood and metal fabricators to publications and printing companies.
Local services include healthcare, retail trades, transportation management and warehousing. Some of top job providers are military support functions at and around Beale Air Force Base. Others include both certified and classified opportunities in education services, county administration, engineering, design and inspection activities.
Whatever your field, you couldn’t be in a better place or time to take advantage of the temporary shift in California’s top job areas.
There are numerous outlets to help match you, your skills and your education to an area employer. Here art just a few of them:
Yuba County One Stop Employment Center, 1114 Yuba Street, Marysville CA 530.749.4800: http://www.yuba1stop.org
California Employment Development Department online CALJOBS internet assistance site: http://www.caljobs.ca.gov/
Yuba Community College District Job Placement Center: YCCD Job Placement