How is the workforce changing?

California has a workforce of 19.4 million people helping to power a $3 trillion economy. In the last 15 years, however, that workforce has experienced dramatic shifts, notably with employment growth in high-skill and low-skill jobs.

The ranks of personal care and service workers have tripled from around 300,000 in 2004 to nearly 1 million this year, according to data from the state Employment Development Department. At the same time, the rise of Silicon Valley has generated a 60% increase in computer and mathematical occupations, putting more than 600,000 Californians – a population larger than the entire city of Denver – to work in the tech field.

Meanwhile, manufacturing and administrative support positions have been on the decline while health care, finance and managers have seen significant gains.