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Demographics

Merced has an abundant and productive labor force. The Merced labor force has grown by 19 percent, 85,200 to 105,200, from 2000 to 2008. Companies relocating or expanding to Merced have always enjoyed a high applicant to job opening ration. In one case over 3,000 applications were received for a new business hiring 40 positions. Merced is well known for assisting companies with their staffing needs.

MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYMENT

 

 1990

1995 

2000

2008

Civilian Labor Force

 81,000

 83,500

85,200

105,200

Civilian Employment

 71,100

 69,200

72,900

91,400

Civilian Unemployment

 9,900

 14,300

12,300

13,800

Civilian Unemployment Rate

 12.20%

 17.10%

14.40%

13.20%

MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY

 

 1995

2000

2008

Total, All Industries

 58,300

63,700

68,400

Farming (Agriculture)

 11,000

11,700

10,100

Construction and Mining

 1,500

2,200

2,800

Manufacturing

 10,200

10,800

9,000

Transportation and Public Utilities

 1,900

2,600

2,200

Wholesale Trade

 1,700

1,700

1,800

Retail Trade

 9,900

10,600

7,900

Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

 2,000

2,000

1,200

Services

 8,000

9,900

11,100

Government

 12,100

12,200

15,700

             
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