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California Workforce Investment Board
Tim Rainey, Executive Director
777 12th Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 324-3425
Fax: (916) 324-3068

Key Workforce Priorities

  1. Understanding and meeting the workforce needs of business, industry, and regional economies
  2. Targeting resources where the most economic impact can be gained
  3. Maximizing the accountability of public and private resources invested in workforce development

Fast Facts

  • California has a highly diverse population and labor force, especially compared to the nation as a whole. Broken out by the most prevalent ethnicity and race, the California labor force is 43.8 percent white, 34.5 percent Hispanic, 12.2 percent Asian, and 6.1 percent black.
  • California’s unemployment rate continues to be persistently high at 12.4%. Some Counties have unemployment rates approaching 29%. As a result, over 2,000,000 Californians receive unemployment benefits.
  • California offers its workforce various training and employment opportunities through its diverse and expansive network of 224 One-Stop Career Centers in 49 Local Workforce Investment Areas.
  • California-based companies overwhelmingly lead the country in venture capital investments in clean energy
  • The nonfarm sectors that experienced the highest job growth last year are Professional and Business Services, Educational and Health Services, Leisure and Hospitality; accounting for over 94,000 new jobs.

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