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Where the Central Coast lands on a list of CA's best job markets

SB and SLO counties round out the top 10
Posted at 8:04 AM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 11:04:04-05

Career resource website Zippia is out with its list of the top 10 best places for job hunters in California for 2019.

Zippia analysts say they used information from the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics to pull data for the 24 main metro areas in the state.

Each area was ranked based on the unemployment rate, change in unemployment rate, wage change and current average wage.

According to the study, the Bay Area is an ideal place for job-seekers with San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara ranking number one.

The Central and South Coast regions made the top 10, just barely.

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara ranked ninth while San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande rounded out the top 10.

According to Zippia's research, the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara employed population is nearly 206,000. Unemployment is just shy of four percent and the average worker takes home about $62,000 a year.

San Luis Obispo County's employed population is about 132,000 and has an unemployment rate of three percent. The average annual wage is a little over $59,000.

The analysts acknowledge that beyond the data, personal finances, education, work experience and occupation are major factors in getting a job.

El Centro came in last with an unemployment rate of 19 percent.

Here are the other regions that made the top 10:

  1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
  2. Santa Rosa
  3. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
  4. Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade
  5. Vallejo-Fairfield
  6. Bakersfield
  7. Napa
  8. Fresno
  9. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara
  10. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande

To see the full list, click here.