Labor Market Data Library
The Employment Development Department - Labor Market Information Division (LMID) each month releases revised and preliminary civilian labor force, unemployment rates, and industry employment by geography for California statewide, metropolitan areas, counties, and sub-county areas. In addition, LMID also provides California economic data, demographic and occupation information. The Data Library contains a comprehensive listing of all the aforementioned datasets and much more.
- Monthly Data Release
- Top Statistics
- Labor Force and Unemployment
- Occupational Licenses
- Economic Indicators
- Population and Census
- Local Area Profiles and Data
- Other Labor Market Data/Statistics
Monthly Data Release
New Monthly Data is released each month that provides revised and preliminary civilian labor force, unemployment rates, and industry employment by geography for California, metropolitan areas, counties, and sub-county areas. Please refer to the EDD Data Release Schedule to see the next planned update.
Top Statistics include some of the most frequently researched labor market statistics for California. You will find up-to-date labor force and unemployment data, wages; unemployment insurance claims statistics, occupation projections and related data released by the EDD. Many of these interactive charts and associated data are updated monthly.
Labor Force and Unemployment
Labor Force and Unemployment Rates
The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces estimates of civilian labor force, total employment, unemployment, and unemployment rates for statewide, county, metropolitan statistical areas, and sub-county areas. To find labor force and unemployment rate data across multiple geographic areas simultaneously use the Labor Force Data Search Tool.
Labor Force and Unemployment Interactive Map
The interactive map below displays non-seasonally adjusted California Labor Force and Unemployment Data for all 58 counties and 21 major cities ranked by population size. These maps and associated data are updated monthly at the time of the official EDD Press Release. Please refer to the EDD Data Release Schedule to see the next planned update.
Veterans Employment Statistics
The EDD Labor Market Information Division collects and analyzes the labor force trends, unemployment rates and other key statistics for the state, as well as for various special class citizens such as California's veterans population.
California Occupational Guides
The California Occupational Guides provides detailed information on California wages, job outlook, education, and licensing requirements for approximately 300 occupations. The Guides offer students and jobseekers occupational information to assist with making informed career choices. Informed career decisions lead to a satisfying work life.
The Compare Occupations tool allows users to conduct a side-by-side comparison of two occupations. The tool is simple to use and provide useful information. To find information about a particular occupation, first select an occupation group. Continue to select from the list until you find the occupation you want.
Projections of Employment estimate the changes in industry and occupational employment over time resulting from industry growth, technological change, and other factors. California produces long-term (10 year) projections of employment every 2 years for the State and local areas. Statewide short-term (2 year) projections are revised annually. To find projections data across multiple geographic areas simultaneously use the Employment Projections Data Search Tool.
Find Local Employers
Find local employers by industry, occupation title, employer location, or employer name.
Occupations in Demand
These data files provide a list of "occupations with the most job openings" and "fastest growing" occupations by area. "Occupations with the Most Job Openings" is a list of jobs with the largest number of expected job openings from new jobs and to replace workers leaving an occupation. "Fastest Growing Occupations" is the list of jobs with the largest percent change.
To Find which licenses or certificates are needed for a given occupation in California:
Use the Occupation Profile or the California Occupational Guides.
To Search for licensing requirements in any U.S. state:
Use Career InfoNet to search by occupation, keyword, or agency.
Staffing Patterns by Occupation and Industry
Staffing Patterns are a list of the occupations employed within a particular industry, or a list of the industries that employ a particular occupation. Job seekers or training providers may use these lists to contact appropriate employers for job openings. And employers or economic developers may use these lists to determine the kinds of jobs they need in a particular company or business.
Hours and Earnings
The Hours & Earnings data for California are available in three series -- average weekly earnings, average hourly earnings, and average number of weekly hours -- for production workers in the Manufacturing industries or nonsupervisory employees in the Motion picture and sound recording industries only.
Occupational Employment Statistics and Wages (OES)
The Occupational Employment Statistics and Wages (OES) program provides employment and wage estimates by occupation. To find OES wages data across multiple geographic areas simultaneously use the OES Wages Data Search Tool.
Quarterly Census of Employment Wages (QCEW)
The Quarterly Census of Employment Wages (QCEW) summarizes industry employment and wage data for all employers covered by state Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program. To find QCEW data across multiple geographic areas simultaneously use the QCEW Data Search Tool.
The Agricultural sector is one of the largest industry sectors in California, and its performance is vital to the economic health of the state. The EDD Labor Market Information Division produces a quarterly Agricultural Bulletin, which provides detailed statistical information on employment and wages for this industry.
Business Employment Dynamics
The Business Employment Dynamics (BED) data track the expansion and contraction of employment for private businesses. These employment changes - gross job gains (expansions and openings) and gross job losses (reductions and closures) - are components of the net change in employment at the establishment level.
The EDD Labor Market Information Division provides in-depth information and analysis to help Californians better understand and promote the effects of clean and green technology on our economy.
Industry Employment – Official Estimates (CES)
Official monthly estimates of the number of jobs by industry and industry sector by geography from the Current Employment Statistics Program. Released monthly for State, metropolitan areas, and counties. The Industry Employment data are based upon "place of work" – where people are employed, regardless of where they live. Individuals who have more than one job are counted for each job. To find official monthly Industry Employment data across multiple geographic areas simultaneously use the Industry Employment Data Search Tool.
Major Employers in California
This list of major employers was extracted from the America's Labor Market Information System (ALMIS) Employer Database, 2015 1st Edition. This list can be used to search for employers by industry, occupation, geography, or name. The Employer information is provided by Infogroup, Omaha, NE, 800/555-5211. © 2015. All Rights Reserved.
Size of Business Report
The Size of Business reports tracks the number of Businesses by Employment Size, Industry, and County in California. The information shown in this report is derived from data submitted for the third calendar quarter of the year by insured employers on Contribution Returns and on Employment and Payroll Distribution Schedules.
The California Economic Indicators page provides comprehensive information on the state and local labor markets. On this page you will find the most up-to-date labor force and unemployment data released by the EDD, as well as, economic indicators, analysis, and trends.
Consumer Price Index (CPI)
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.
Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS)
The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program is a Federal-State cooperative statistical effort which uses a standardized, automated approach to identify, describe, and track the effects of major job cutbacks using data from each State's unemployment insurance database. For more information please see the MLS program FAQ page.
Measures of Income
The Measures of Income data is an aggregate of Income data from all sources by household, family, and individuals. It is an important economic indicator and is intended to be used with other economic and labor market data to gauge the health of the California economy.
Quarterly Workforce Indicators
The Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program at the U.S. Census Bureau, together with the California Employment Development Department, provides summaries of Quarterly Workforce Indicators at the county, metro, and local Workforce Investment Area levels cross-referenced with such factors as gender, age, race, education, firm size, and industry. The LEHD program website is at http://lehd.did.census.gov/.
Population and Census
Population and Census
The EDD Labor Market Division provides Population and Census data that describe the characteristics of the people living in a geographic area. These characteristics include race/ethnicity, income, where they work, gender, and more. To find current California statewide and county population data use the Population Data Search Tool.
Local Area Profiles and Data
Local Area Profiles
Local Area Profile provides a summary of labor market information in a particular area within the state. Select an Area by choosing from the area map. Click on "View Local Area Profile" button. Use the Advanced Search to select multiple data sets and use Area Comparison to compare labor market information for different areas of the state.
Statewide data summary
Data for all 58 California counties.
Metropolitan Statistical Areas
Data for all 28 California metropolitan statistical areas.
Cities and Census Designated Areas
Data for all California cities and census designated areas.
Local Workforce Development Areas (Local Areas)
Data for all 49 California Local Workforce Development Areas.
Regional Economic Analysis Profiles
Economic profiles of California’s eight economic regions.
Other Labor Market Data/Statistics
California Regional Economies Employment Series
The California Regional Economies Employment (CREE) Series is an outgrowth of the California Regional Economies Project (CREP), sponsored by the California Workforce Development Board (State Board). It provides non-confidential annual average employment and wage data for the United States, California, and all 58 California counties. Data is updated on a yearly basis.
Community College Programs Job Outlook
Community colleges need information to document the job outlook for enrollees in community college occupational education programs. This application provides a link between the Taxonomy of Programs (TOP) or the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) to the statewide and local area occupational projections developed by the EDD Labor Market Information Division.
The Excel data files linked below contain 2006-2010 American Community Survey estimates, labor force data, and summary occupational information for use in developing affirmative action programs, also known as Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), as required for federal and state contract compliance. More information is available at Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation.
Online Job Vacancy Statistics
The Help Wanted OnLine™ Data Series (HWOL) provides timely monthly measures of labor demand (advertised vacancies) at the national, regional, state, and metropolitan area levels. These monthly measures are comparable in timing and geographic detail to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly measures of labor supply (unemployment).