Monterey County is the third largest agricultural county in California and Agriculture supplies the majority of jobs in the county.

Table 4:
Monterey County Jobs
1990 2000 2008 2009 2010 Percent 2010
Total, All Industries 138,900 166,400 171,500 165,100 166,800 100.0%
Total Farm 28,800 39,100 43,300 42,800 45,400 27.2%
Mining and Logging 200 100 200 200 200 0.1%
Construction 4,700 6,300 6,100 4,600 4,100 2.5%
Manufacturing 9,100 8,700 6,100 5,700 5,300 3.2%
Wholesale Trade 4,200 4,600 5,100 4,900 5,000 3.0%
Retail Trade 14,700 16,400 16,700 15,100 15,100 9.1%
Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities 3,000 3,500 3,600 3,400 3,300 2.0%
Information 3,400 2,800 2,000 1,700 1,700 1.0%
Financial Activities 6,600 6,300 5,500 4,700 4,400 2.6%
Professional & Business Services 7,300 12,900 11,600 10,900 11,300 6.8%
Educational & Health Services 8,000 11,200 13,100 13,600 13,600 8.2%
Leisure & Hospitality 17,800 20,000 21,400 20,300 20,100 12.1%
Other Services 3,500 4,200 4,600 4,600 4,700 2.8%
Government 27,700 30,400 32,200 32,600 32,600 19.5%

Source: CA EDD Labor Market Information.

Agriculture is followed by Government and Tourism as the three largest sectors in the county economy

Recent forecasts suggest that agriculture will continue to provide the greatest number of new jobs, but post-secondary education and specialized business services, both key component of the expanding technology sector of the county, will show the highest percentage growth over the next several years.

 

Table 5:
Monterey County Labor Force
1990 2000 2008 2009 2010
Civilian Labor Force 172,800 203,200 212,200 215,400 219,700
Civilian Employment 156,100 188,200 194,500 190,100 191,600
Civilian Unemployment 16,700 14,900 17,800 25,400 28,000
Civilian Unemployment Rate 9.7% 7.4% 8.4% 11.8% 12.8%
Source: CA EDD Current Employment Statistics.

 

Table 6: Monterey County Civilian Employed Labor Force by Occupation (16 Years and Older)


Occupational Category Percent of Total
Total 100.0%
Management, professional, and related occupations 27.4%
Management, business, and financial occupations 10.2%
Business and financial operations occupations 2.8%
Computer and mathematical occupations 1.3%
Architecture and engineering occupations 0.9%
Life, physical, and social science occupations 0.9%
Community and social services occupations 1.4%
Legal occupations 1.0%
Education, training, and library occupations 6.1%
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations 1.2%
Healthcare practitioner and technical occupations 4.5%
Service occupations 21.4%
Healthcare support occupations 2.0%
Protective service occupations 3.7%
Personal care and service occupations 4.4%
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations 5.4%
Sales and office occupations 20.5%
Sales and related occupations 9.7%
Office and administrative support occupations 10.8%
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations 10.6%
Construction, extraction, maintenance, and repair occupations 7.7%
Construction and extraction occupations 4.5%
Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations 3.1%
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations: 12.4%
Production occupations 4.6%
Transportation and material moving occupations 7.8%



Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey