Pasadena, CA Employment Outlook: Job Market & Economy Summary


In 1875, Pasadena, CA, was established by people from Indiana seeking a more hospitable climate. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Pasadena in 2017-2018 was estimated to be 137,122. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Pasadena, was 4.1% as of March 2018. The region had a reported average hourly wage for all occupations of $26.84 as of May 2017, which exceeded the national average of $24.34.

Largest Employers

The State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) doesn't provide employment statistics for the City of Pasadena specifically. It does provide statistics for the County of Los Angeles, which includes Pasadena. Healthcare, education and government are some of the biggest industries in the region. In 2018, the EDD noted that the following were among the largest employers in Los Angeles County, in no particular order. One of these, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is located directly in Pasadena:

  • AHMC Healthcare, Inc.
  • University of Southern California
  • Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
  • UCLA
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center
  • LAC & USC Medical Center
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff
  • Los Angeles Police Department
  • Walt Disney Co.

Fastest-Growing Jobs

Major areas of job growth in Los Angeles County can be found in personal and home care, masonry, construction and nursing. Jobs for personal care aides in particular are projected to see more than 51% growth. According to the EDD, the following are projected to be among the fastest-growing jobs in Los Angeles County over the 2014-2024 decade:

  • Personal Care Aides
  • Statisticians
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  • Helpers - Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons and Tile and Marble Setters
  • Restaurant Cooks
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
  • Home Health Aides
  • Web Developers
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