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
2017 Q1 (PDF)
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.
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.
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).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 2013-2018 DP05: Demographic and Housing Estimates, (www.census.gov) (April 2020).