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A Skilled, Educated Labor Force
Oakland is the eighth most educated workforce in the U.S. - 2000 U.S. Census Data
Since January 1999, more than 10,000 new jobs have been created in Oakland. Downtown Oakland has a daytime workforce of more than 76,000.
According to forecasts by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Oakland will add almost 50,000 new jobs in the next 25 years. The high-tech industry has discovered the opportunities Oakland offers, and more than 300 high-tech companies are based in the city. In fact, there are more technology jobs in the Oakland Metro Area than in San Francisco.
Oakland's labor pool ranks eighth in the United States in overall educational achievement. More than one-third of Oakland residents have a college degree – twice the national average. The Oakland Metro Area is a fertile intellectual environment. Approximately 100,000 students attend local universities and colleges such as the University of California-Berkeley, California State University-East Bay, Patten University, Mills College, Holy Names University, Lincoln University, California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, and the University of Phoenix.
Oakland's labor force of 200,800 is educated, skilled and readily available for employers who need managerial, executive, professional, sales, technical, and clerical staff. Oakland's labor force also includes significant numbers of skilled and semi-skilled technicians and tradespeople.
Average Unemployment Rates in Oakland
December 2013: 9.7%
Source: Labor Market Information Division, Employment Development Department, State of California.
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Source: US Census, 2010 American Community Survey.