San Bernardino County has Available Workforce for High-Growth Industries

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– A new San Bernardino County report shows the manpower exists to transform the region’s economy, but that more can be done to make sure that prime working-age adults have the opportunity to succeed.

San Bernardino County boasts an above-average percentage of young people currently employed. However, the labor force participation rate among prime working-age adults – ages 25-64 – lags behind the regional average, which, if remedied, could create tremendous opportunities for businesses in high-growth industries. Those opportunities are most pronounced in the areas of transportation, warehousing, manufacturing and healthcare, which account for 40 percent of all jobs in the county, but 55 percent of all job growth. A large number of those jobs are being filled by non-residents, with 198,000 workers commuting from neighboring counties every day.

The report was commissioned by the County Workforce Development Board and compiled by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, Center for Economic Forecasting & Development.

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