Labor Market Report
November 2017

Today, the State of California Labor Market Information Division (LMID) released its Monthly Press Release on Unemployment and Industry Sector job growth/decline in Santa Barbara County.

The unemployment rate for November was 3.8%, unchanged from 3.8% in October, and below the year-ago rate of 4.8%. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 4.0% for California and 3.9% for the nation during November 2017.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE*: 3.8% (Unchanged from 3.8% in October 2017)
LABOR FORCE: 218,500
LARGEST GAIN (Sector)**: Nonfarm and Trade, Transportation & Utilities
(700 jobs each)
LARGEST DECLINE (Sector)**: Farm (-2,300 jobs)
*Note: This Unemployment Rate does not capture the “non-participation” numbers of people who have stopped looking for work. This non-participation rate is not measured for Santa Barbara County—but is for the nation, and in most recent data it adds one percentage point to the unemployment rate.
**Indicates change since the October 2017

Santa Barbara County Unemployment Rate by City
Number Rate
Buellton City 100 2.4%
Carpinteria City 300 3.3%
Goleta City 400 2.2%
Guadalupe City 100 3.6%
Lompoc City 900 5.0%
Santa Barbara City 1,500 3.0%
Santa Maria City 2,200 4.6%
Solvang City 100 4.7%

The Workforce Development Board,, is dedicated to serving the workforce needs of businesses, adults, laid-off workers and youth throughout Santa Barbara County. The WDB is a public/private partnership created by the Federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act and is staffed by the County of Santa Barbara.

Job seekers and employers can take advantage of free services at two Workforce Resource Centers (“One-Stops”) to help find work or new employees. Programs include employment services for job seekers, the latest labor market information and regional workforce research for businesses, as well as training that specialize in helping people gain the skills and confidence necessary to find and obtain a job. The One-Stop Shops are at:
1410 S. Broadway in Santa Maria, (805) 614-1550
130 E. Ortega Street in Santa Barbara, (805) 568-1296

Santa Barbara County Industry Clusters of Opportunity (designated by WDB):
Energy and Environment
Building and Design
Aerospace Vehicles and Defense
Biotechnology and Related Devices
Information and Communication Technologies
Business Services
Food, Beverage and Agriculture
For more information please go to:$pds.pdf for the State Report on
Santa Barbara County’s unemployment figures.