published on August 31, 2018 - 10:18 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The health care and social assistance sector is expected to produce the most jobs in the San Joaquin Valley through 2024, according to a state Employment Development Department forecast for Labor Day.

According to the forecast, health care will create 47,650 news jobs in the 10-year period ending in 2024, followed by accommodation and food services with 28,540 jobs, agriculture, forest, fishing and hunting with 23,380 jobs, construction with 20,170 jobs and educational services with 17,430.

The EDD made these projections for a 10-county region from San Joaquin to the north to Kern to the south. It includes Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties.

Of those five greatest job-producing industries, the EDD also compiled the number of current job openings.

Educational services — 1,095
Health care and social assistance — 728
Accommodation and food services — 171
Construction — 80
Agriculture, forest, fishing and hunting — 66

According to the EDD’s statewide Labor Day briefing, California’s unemployment rate of 4.2 percent is the lowest recorded since official data was kept dating to 1976. There were three industry sectors in California that added more than 500,000 jobs from February 2010 to July 2018: educational and health services (609,100), professional and business services (590,700) and leisure and hospitality (525,800).

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