*Posted by Reggie Ellis from the SunGazette on September 12, 2018
“California is now in the midst of the second-longest employment expansion on record – gaining more than twice as many jobs over the past eight years than it lost during the Great Recession. According to the Employment Development Department’s (EDD), job gains are spread across industry sectors with the largest number of new jobs expected in the educational services (private), health care, social assistance sector, and the construction sector.
The EDD also projected California’s economy will generate a total of 4.7 million job openings between the second quarters of 2017 and 2019. These openings are a combination of new jobs created and jobs that become available when workers leave the labor force or transfer to a different occupation. In the San Joaquin Valley, the industries with the highest projected job growth were the health care and social assistance sectors. It is estimated more than 47,000 jobs in the Valley will be added in these industries by 2024. It’s no surprise that health care continues to outpace the job openings in other sectors as most of the Valley is struggling to recruit and retain highly qualified doctors, nurses and technicians who can earn more money to the north and south. The entire valley continues to be a medically underserved area, meaning there is a shortage of doctors, and limited access to health care for vulnerable populations, according to the national Health Resources Services Administration.”
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