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Kern County Profile

 
About this area:
Kern County has sometimes been referred to as “The Golden Empire,” because of its rich history of gold, oil, and agricultural production. Located at the southern end of California’s Central Valley, Kern County consistently ranks among the top five most-productive agricultural counties in the United States and is one of the nation’s leading petroleum-producing counties. Because of its unique geographical positioning, Kern has also become the distribution center for some of the world’s largest companies. The county is host to a major freeway system, providing access to California’s central coast, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.
EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES
Unemployment Rate and Labor Force (Not Seasonally Adjusted)[Top]
Area
Year
Time Period
Labor Force
No. of
Employed
No. of
Unemployed
Unemployment Rate
Kern County 2017Aug391,800355,00036,8009.4
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Employment by Industry (Not Seasonally Adjusted)[Top]
Year
Time Period
CES
Industry Title
No. of
Employed
2017AugTotal Wage and Salary331,700
2017AugTotal Nonfarm256,000
2017AugService Providing218,300
2017AugTotal Private195,100
2017AugPrivate Service Providing157,400
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Occupations with Fastest Job Growth (% change)[Top]
OccupationEstimated Year -
Projected Year
Employment
Employment Change
Estimated ProjectedNumberPercent
Software Developers, Applications2014 - 202429048019065.5
Database Administrators2014 - 2024901405055.6
Web Developers2014 - 20241702609052.9
Personal Care Aides2014 - 20244,5306,8902,36052.1
Helpers, Brickmasons and Tile Setters2014 - 202460903050.0
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Data not available for Industry Employment Projections
 
High Wage Occupations[Top]
OccupationYearTime PeriodHourly
Mean
Hourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
Pediatricians, General20171st Qtr$109.71$0.00$0.00$0.00
Chief Executives20171st Qtr$98.82$62.19$0.00$0.00
Family and General Practitioners20171st Qtr$95.16$54.36$0.00$0.00
Obstetricians and Gynecologists20171st Qtr$85.86$70.72$78.26$0.00
Lawyers20171st Qtr$75.65$52.80$71.02$0.00
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Data for Kern County is not available. Data for Bakersfield MSA has been displayed for High Wage Occupations
 

ECONOMIC INDICATORS
Building Permits (US Census Bureau)[Top]
Type of Permit
Year
Time Period
No. of Permits
Total Costs
Multi-Family 2016AnnualN/AN/A
Single Family 2016AnnualN/AN/A
Total all types construction permits 2016AnnualN/AN/A
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Consumer Price Index (US BLS & Calif. DIR)[Top]
AreaConsumer Price Index % Change
Time Period2016Time Period2015
United States Annual240.0Annual237.01.3
California Annual255.3Annual249.62.3
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Data for Kern County is not available. Data for California has been displayed for Consumer Price Index (US BLS & Calif. DIR)
 
Median Price of Existing Homes Sold[Top]
Year
Time Period
Type
Median Price
2016AnnualMedian Price of Homes Sold$223,450
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State Revenues by Source[Top]
Tax Type Description
Year
Time Period
Tax Revenue
Alcoholic Beverage Taxes and Fees 2016Annual$357,000
Bank and Corporation (Income) Taxes 2016Annual$8,682,000
Cigarette Tax 2016Annual$811,518
Horse Racing (Parimutuel) License Fees 2016Annual$14,862
Estate, Inheritance and Gift Taxes 2016Annual$0
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Data for Kern County is not available. Data for California has been displayed for State Revenues by Source
 
Taxable Sales (Calif. Board of Equalization)[Top]
Year
Time Period
Sales Type Description
Sales
2016AnnualRetail $3,295,156,992
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POPULATION AND CENSUS DATA
Population[Top]
Area
Year
Time Period
Source
Population
Kern County 2016AnnualCalifornia Dept of Finance884,788
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Measures of Income[Top]
Income Type
Year
Time Period
Income
Population
Per Capita Personal Income - BEA2015Annual$37,355882,176
Total Personal Income - BEA2015Annual$32,953,453882,176
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County-to-County Commute Patterns (US Census Bureau)[Top]
Year
Time Period
Area of Residence
Area of WorkPlace
Number of Workers
2000CensusKern County , CAKern County , CA214,958
2000CensusKern County , CALos Angeles County , CA7,206
2000CensusLos Angeles County , CAKern County , CA6,075
2000CensusTulare County , CAKern County , CA3,603
2000CensusKern County , CATulare County , CA2,220
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JOB OPENINGS & TRAINING PROVIDERS
Job Openings from JobCentral National Labor Exchange[Top]
 
Job Openings

Training Providers in Area[Top]
Provider Name
Provider Type
Location
Taft Union High School DistrictSchools with Occupational Programs (ROP)Taft,CA
Sierra Sands Unified School District Adult School OfficeSchools with Occupational Programs (ROP)Ridgecrest,CA
McFarland Learning CenterSchools with Occupational Programs (ROP)Mc Farland,CA
University of La VerneUniversity or College (four-year school)Bakersfield,CA
California State University, BakersfieldUniversity or College (four-year school)Bakersfield,CA
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