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Hardworking and productive. Companies relocating or expanding to Merced have always enjoyed a high applicant to job opening ratio. Fully 64% of Merced residents commute elsewhere for work, indicating high demand for local jobs.

  • City Labor Force: 33,600

  • County Labor Force: 115,600

 

Employment Snapshot

2017 Q1 (PDF)

ECONOMIC INDICATORS
 
 

Traditional Workforce

Merced and surrounding areas provide an abundant and productive labor force, including skilled and unskilled workers, at very reasonable wage rates. True to the area’s agricultural roots, these workers tend to be hard working and loyal, resulting in low turnover rates for local employers.

Educated Workforce

New to Merced is a rapidly increasing number of students at UC Merced— approximately 8,800 in 2020. University of California attracts the top tier of high school graduates, and the Merced campus will see expansion of its Master's and Doctorate programs as the university continues to grow.

ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Demographic Report

2019 (PDF)

Labor Force Overview

Source: State of California Employment Development Department, LMID, Current Month Labor Force and Unemployment, February 2020 (www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov) (April 2020).

Commute Times

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 2013-2018 DP05: Demographic and Housing Estimates, (www.census.gov) (April 2020).

Educational Attainment

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 2013-2018 DP05: Demographic and Housing Estimates, (www.census.gov) (April 2020).

Reduce Hiring and Training Costs

 

Businesses locating in Merced can reduce the costs of recruiting, screening and training employees by taking advantage of several available programs through WorkNet of Merced County. 
Read more (or ask the Office of Economic Development for assistance) 

VISIT

City of Merced

Office of Economic Development

678 W 18th St. Merced, CA 95340

City Site: www.cityofmerced.org

CALL

800-723-4788 Toll Free

209-385-6827 Phone

209-723-1780 Fax

CONTACT

Frank Quintero

Director of Economic Development

quinterof@cityofmerced.org

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