Santa Barbara County experienced solid employment growth in September, with civilian employment increasing by 0.4% for an annualized growth rate of 4.9%. Strong employment growth held the county unemployment rate at 5.0%, matching the national unemployment rate. Growth in government and education & health services drove the majority of the gains.  Overall eight of the twelve 2-digit industry groups had employment gains in September, with the information industry experiencing the highest increase at 2.9%.


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View the latest housing and employment data.  
  • Latest Employment Data: 10/21/2016
  • Latest Housing Data: 7/22/2016

Check out coverage and full presentations from our 2015 South County and North County Economic Summits.


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