Posted August 08, 2018 05:38:40 California is one of the best states for job seekers, according to a new study from the California Labor Commission.
But the state’s workforce needs to be diversified, said the commission, which published its findings on Tuesday.
The report said California ranks second in job growth for people with a bachelor’s degree or higher, with a 12.3% increase in the number of jobs in 2016.
That’s compared to the national average of 11.9%.
“The growth rate of California’s workforce was much greater than the national trend,” said commission Chairman Steve Siegel.
“But the rate of growth was much lower than what we would expect if California were a fully functioning state with the same workforce.
California’s growth rate has fallen in recent years.”
The state has the highest unemployment rate among the nation’s 50 largest states and ranks 25th in terms of total unemployment.
But it’s also among the best for employers to recruit and retain workers, the commission said.
For the past decade, California has added more than 2,000 positions per month to its workforce, and the state added more jobs than it lost in that time, according a report by the Center for American Progress and the Brookings Institution.
“It’s important to note that we did not see a significant difference in the workforce growth rate between the states of Washington and California,” said the report’s author, Michael M. Dolan, an economist at the Brookings Institute.
“California’s job growth has been faster than that of most other states in recent decades.”
The report’s authors said that the state should also be more selective in recruiting workers.
For example, the state may want to hire people who are experienced, have the right skills and are well-qualified for the job.
“Employers should consider recruiting people from a range of occupations, not just for their specific job,” said Siegel, who is also chairman of the commission’s advisory committee.
The state’s growth in the labor force “has been slower than the nation,” said Steve Hirsch, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The California workforce is comprised of about 2 million people.
But, he said, the majority of those workers are employed in jobs that are low-paying and precarious, such as waiters and bartenders.
“In the next couple of years, the real number of California jobs will grow by nearly a million,” Hirsch said.
The commission found that employers are making a “possible contribution” to the state workforce by employing part-time workers and offering flexible work schedules.
“We’re not seeing a great deal of turnover in the state labor force,” Siegel said.
But employers need to be aware of the fact that their workers are coming in with varying skills and backgrounds.
“If they’re not as productive as they used to be, then the job will not be successful,” Sidel said.
“A lot of the job turnover is related to the changing nature of the jobs that the people are working in.”