Labor Day 2018

Labor Day is a special holiday here at the Employment Development Department (EDD) as it is a reminder of what we have been tasked to do for California. We are proud to be part of a statewide workforce development system that connects California workers and employers with a variety of employment-related services.

In honor of Labor Day, we have created this web page and corresponding information to provide you a glimpse into California’s strong economy, show you the industries creating the most jobs in each region of the state, and introduce you to several California employers who needed skilled workers and the job seekers connected to those career opportunities with the help of training and job search assistance.

Top Job-Producing Industries throughout California*

Want to know what industries are creating the most job opportunities in your part of the state? The EDD has compiled the top 5 industries by projected job growth in each of the 14 different economic regions of California. Select a region below to see its top 5 industries, the number of current openings in each of those industries, and an example of how the state’s workforce system successfully helped connect an employer looking for qualified workers with job seekers looking for promising careers.

*Projected job growth is for the time period of 2014-2024.

Labor Day Briefing

Each year as the nation celebrates Labor Day, the EDD releases its annual Labor Day briefing (PDF). This briefing presents significant labor market trends and current statistics relating to today’s economy in Cailfornia.

Some highlights found in this year’s briefing include:

  • 4.7 million job openings projected between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2019.
  • 2nd longest employment expansion on record in today’s state economy.
  • Largest number of new jobs are expected in these three industry sectors: Educational services (private), health care and social assistance sector, construction sector, and leisure and hospitality sector.

Read this year’s briefing (PDF) for more highlights of this economic snapshot in time.

Labor Day News Release and Video Success Stories

To help promote the available assistance at offices throughout the state that benefit both employers and job seekers, the EDD issues an annual news release (PDF) to media and provides visual examples of workforce development services in action.


Are you looking for a pipeline of skilled workers? Interested in saving money on training costs? Do you need help recruiting or accessing tax credits and incentives? Visit our employer information page to see what no-cost resources are available to help your business succeed.

Job Seekers

Do you need assistance with your job search? Are you looking for training to upgrade your skill set? The EDD and our local workforce development partners offer a variety of services and programs that may be of help to you. Visit our job seeker information page to see what assistance is available.

Social Media

Follow the EDD on Twitter and Facebook. Search #WorkingInCA for the latest information about resources for California job seekers and employers.