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 December Employment and Janurary Housing Data Now Available!


Santa Barbara County's Market Health Index continues to decline into January, falling from 9.01 in November to it's current value of 5.46 - a decrease of 40% over the last two months. Solvang and Carpenteria have the lowest health indexes at 4.19 and 4.28, respectively. On the other hand, Montecito and Santa Barbara hold the highest indexes at 7.65 and 6.60, respectively. Despite the decrease in Santa Barbara County, the state of California continues to get closer to full recovery at 99% of its pre-recession peak in January.  See all the numbers and remaining housing data here.


October employment data shows promise for Santa Barbara County labor markets. The unemployment rate, which is currently at 4.2%, has decreased by 0.7 percentage points since September. Over the last month, Leisure and Hospitality employment has shown the largest increase (4.3%) with Government (2.0%) while the Other Services and the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities industries experienced the least amount of growth at -1.4% and -1.0%, respectively. Total nonfarm payrolls increased by 0.9% from September to October. See all the numbers and remaining employment data here.

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View the latest housing and employment data.  
  • Latest Employment Data: 9/15/2017
  • Latest Housing Data: 9/20/2017

Check out coverage and full presentations from our 2017 South County and North County Economic Summits.


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