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Economic Overviews

The largest sector in Monterey County is agriculture, forestry, and fishing and hunting, employing 56,685 workers. The next-largest sectors in the region are accommodation and food services (22,908 workers) and healthcare and social assistance (21,947). High location quotients (LQs) indicate sectors in which a region has high concentrations of employment compared to the national average. The sectors with the largest LQs in the region are agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (LQ = 20.12), public administration (1.43), and accommodation and food services (1.23).

Housing Affordability in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Source: Compass, August 2019.

Housing affordability may be the largest social and political issue in the Bay Area, and the effects of low affordability also greatly impact the general economic picture in a wide variety of important ways – from hiring and business relocation, to the ability of “normal working people” (not enriched by the high-tech boom) to live here. Significant demographic shifts are also taking place as some groups move out and others move in. Read more…

The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow

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Source: McKinsey & Co., July 2019.

The US labor market looks markedly different today than it did two decades ago. It has been reshaped by dramatic events like the Great Recession but also by a quieter ongoing evolution in the mix and location of jobs. In the decade ahead, the next wave of automation technologies may accelerate the pace of change. Millions of jobs could be phased out even as new ones are created. More broadly, the day-to-day nature of work could change for nearly everyone as intelligent machines become fixtures in the American workplace. Read more…

Living Wage Calculation for Monterey County, California

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Source: MIT

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison. Read more…

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