Creating a Robust Employment Future in San Bernardino County

Creating a Robust Employment Future in San Bernardino County

San Bernardino

The recently released San Bernardino Workforce Roadmap study concluded there are still too many residents who could be working that are not; however, the study also revealed some good news. Over the last few years, the county became Southern California’s hub for emerging 21st-century employment opportunities.  The study was commissioned by the county’s Workforce Development Board and prepared by researchers at UC Riverside’s Center for Economic Forecasting & Development. Data shows manufacturing, logistics and healthcare will account for 55 percent of all job growth locally in the coming years. The report also confirmed San Bernardino has outpaced the state in manufacturing growth and has emerged as the nation’s leading hub for logistics and goods movement. One challenge still facing San Bernardino regarding employment is its quest to raise the county’s labor force participation rate to that of neighboring counties—when successful, an additional 33,000 to 108,000 jobs could be filled with local talent. The study found San Bernardino County has an above-average percentage of young people who are working. However, it also noted that labor force participation among people between 25 and 64 years old “lags behind the regional average.” Should that problem be fixed, the county would have multiple opportunities to attract businesses in high-growth industries. Achieving this goal is a challenge which requires the collaborative and supportive efforts of government, education, nonprofits as well as the businesses themselves. To date, the Workforce Development Board is making inroads through programs such as on-the-job training and GenerationGo!, These programs provide students with training and hands-on experience in real-world jobs. To learn more about these programs visit http://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/. Experts concluded it is vital for the county to take advantage of its large local labor pool. Tony Myrell, Chairman of the Workforce Development Board, noted how doing so, will give the county a competitive advantage over other areas.

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