Economic Report: Job Growth on the Horizon
By Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director,
County of San Bernardino Workforce Development Board
The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) commissioned the Virginia-based consultant Chmura Economics and Analytics to conduct in-depth analyses of the Inland Empire’s economic vitality on an annual basis. The purpose of the analysis was to assist the Board in determining future actions that will support growing industry sectors to strengthen the workforce talent pipeline. In addition it provides an accurate guide to where the WDB should invest funds to ensure the availability of skilled workers in the projected growth sectors.
The study denotes there are positive indicators on the horizon. The employment rate is expected to rise 3.5% this year, a statistic that outperforms the state of California and the nation.
Industries are thriving and creating jobs. The Chmura analysis shows that since 2012, 88% of employment in the Inland Empire has been driven by six projected growth sectors: Healthcare and social assistance; transportation and warehousing; manufacturing; construction; utilities; professional, scientific, and technical services.
Construction, healthcare, and utilities are the growth sectors forecasted to grow more rapidly in the near future. As a result of this new data, the WDB can efficiently allocate federal dollars appropriately to bolster the acceleration of growth for these businesses.
The analysis explains that manufacturing is the most important sector of economic activity. Average wages in manufacturing are 20% higher than the average of all other industries; therefore, this industry holds enormous employment potential for the growing population of young workers who would replace numerous retiring workers.
This information suggests a key area of opportunity for the Workforce Development Board to assist both the job seeker and employer. Young job seekers receive services such as occupational skills training, counseling, internships, job placements, mentoring, tutoring, leadership development, and support services. Programs are designed to help youth achieve academic and employment success.
Adult job seekers can access a number of services at the High Desert America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) located in Victorville, which include resume writing, interview training, job training and placement, career counseling and skills assessment. For more information, please call the High Desert AJCC at 760.552.6550.
For business owners there is a team of Business Service Representatives available to provide assistance with On-the-Job Training, customized recruitment services, and easy access to a large pool of pre-screened applicants.
A free Human Resources Hotline is available to San Bernardino County businesses 24 hours a day. Advisors at the hotline deal with a variety of inquiries ,including questions on wages and hourly rates, leave laws, hiring and termination procedures, handbooks and policies, attendance, and attitude and discipline problems. Businesses can access the free Human Resources Hotline by calling 1.800.399.5331 or visiting www.employers.org. To read more about the hotline, visit http://mediasourcelink.com/human-resources-free-hotline-offers-help-to-local-businesses/.
In addition to providing excellent services to businesses and job seekers, the WDB strives to ensure that employment and training services are coordinated so that job seekers acquire industry recognized skills and credentials. Riverside County has partnered with the WDB to form the Inland Empire Consortium for the statewide SlingShot initiative, a project to accelerate income mobility for the local workforce through employer-informed training and education.
The consortium works to link, align and leverage the assets and resources of economic development, education and workforce development partners. It implements a regional economic and workforce development strategy designed to ensure greater prosperity and opportunity.
For more information on the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, please visit www.csb-win.org or call 800.451.JOBS.
About the Workforce Development Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Development Board of San Bernardino County (WDB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WDB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business-education- and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources which generate jobs and investment in line with the Countywide Vision.
The Workforce Development Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s three America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC). The AJCCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The AJCCs also support and provide services to the County’s businesses, including employee recruitment and business retention programs.
Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Development Board programs may call: 800.451.JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBWIB; Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB.