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  • Workforce Development Board: Labor Market Information with Andriy Moskalyk

    National Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of those who proudly stand behind production and innovation. It falls on the first Friday of October, resulting in a timely opportunity to share manufacturing labor market information.

    In 2018, Santa Barbara County’s annual average manufacturing employment was estimated at 12,900, representing 6.2 percent of total employment. Somewhat similar employment shares were observed for California and other Central Coast counties, except Monterey (see Table). Between 1990 and 2010, manufacturing employment trended downward in Santa Barbara County. However, between 2010 and 2016 the industry experienced growth every year. In 2017 and 2018, manufacturing declined again, losing 500 jobs over two years. Overall, between 2010 and 2018 there were a total of 1,600 manufacturing jobs added to the Santa Barbara County economy (see Figure for historical trend). 

    A wide range of occupations can be found in the manufacturing industry. Even though production occupations constitute a significant portion of manufacturing employment in Santa Barbara County (31 percent), there are other opportunities for job seekers. In fact, 45 percent of all manufacturing employment in Santa Barbara County is represented by engineers, software developers, analysts, and managers. These occupations have wages ranging from $28/hour to more than $80/hour.

    Sometimes it is worth to categorize an industry into various types in order to better understand its composition. Manufacturing is made up of two types of production: durable and nondurable goods. Food, clothes, and chemicals are all examples of nondurable goods, while automobiles and machinery are examples of durable goods. Though durable manufacturing dominates in Santa Barbara County, since 1990, the county has moved more towards nondurable manufacturing. Interestingly, during the same time period, Santa Cruz County shifted to durable manufacturing while San Luis Obispo County shifted to nondurable manufacturing.

    Join me next time with a discussion about healthcare in Santa Barbara County.

    Data Source: California Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division

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