California Employment Statistics

  • 1,558,094 employers
  • 17,354,202 employees
  • $1,317 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 19.6% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 38.7% above the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: California Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 220,227 more businesses
  • 2,724,249 more employees
  • 18.6% increase in total wages
  • $16,915 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 32.8% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: California Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Los Angeles County California, 474,931
County with the Most Employees: Los Angeles County California, 3,813,583
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Santa Clara County California, $2,524
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Colusa County California, 20.5%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of California, see: California Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of California see:California Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 18,583,341 employed workers
  • 803,757 unemployed workers
  • 4.1% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of California, see: California Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 1,595,344 employers, up 3.4% from 1,542,901
  • 17,639,410 employees, up 1.6% from 17,368,212
  • $1,325 average weekly wage, up 4.7% from $1,265
  • The average weekly wage is 21.0% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 51.7% above the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for California, see: California Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.