Labor market conditions in California are at their strongest in a decade, according to the California Employment Development Department’s annual Labor Day report.
California leads the nation in job growth with 374,600 new positions over a 12-month period ending in July. The unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 5.2 percent in May before rising slightly in July.
Professional and business services jobs are leading the way along with education and health, leisure and hospitality industries.
To help Californians figure out where the jobs are, the EDD offers a list of the top in-demand occupations in each region of the state.
In the San Joaquin Valley, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers top the list with a median annual salary of $40,041 and 10,500 job openings projected between 2015 and 2017, the report says.
Registered nurses come in second followed by teaching assistants, nursing assistants and medical assistants with nearly 24,000 total projected job openings.
The EDD provides grants for training programs to help people learn and find jobs and help employers hire skilled workers. The Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board, for example, received a $200,000 grant for the Mass Transit Fleet Conversion Servicing and Maintenance Career Pathways Program for automotive technology.