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Alameda, CA, Employment Outlook: Job Market & Economy Overview

May 17, 2018

San Francisco Bay Area residents know where their neighbor Oakland is, but many aren't aware of another close neighbor: Alameda, California. This article discusses occupational opportunities and economic conditions in the city of Alameda.

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Alameda Economy Facts

Alameda is an island city in Alameda County. The city is located next to Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area. While job market information unique to the small town of Alameda is not readily available, job market and economic information about the Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley region is available. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an average hourly wage of $30.20 for all occupations in the Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley metropolitan region as of May 2017. This was well above the U.S. average of $24.34.

As of March 2018, the BLS reported a civilian labor force of 1.4 million people and an unemployment rate of 3.0% for the Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley region. The region employed approximately 205 million people in the category of trade, transportation, and utilities, which was the sector with the largest employment. In second place, education and services employed nearly 197 million people.

Occupation Projections

The following occupations are projected to be the fastest growing in the Alameda and Contra Costa counties (Oakland-Hayward Berkeley metropolitan division) between 2014-2024, according to the State of California Employment Development Department. These jobs are expected to experience more than 35% growth in a ten-year period; in some cases, such as web development and roofing professions, these careers may experience growth of 50% or higher. This list is in no particular order:

  • Web Developers
  • Roofers
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Restaurant Cooks
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
  • Solar Photovoltaic Installers
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
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