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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