From activity to technology, California offers a wide choice of job possibilities and environments. The California job market is slowly turning around following the recession-driven challenges in real estate property, enterprise and government. The Golden State is doing its best to manage government deficits and create work possibilities for its labor force of 18.4 million.
California is like a country in and of itself. It accounts for 13 percent of the nation's output and ranks among the world's top 10 economies in terms of GDP. It offers a number of work settings, from a Napa winery and Hollywood movie set to a San Francisco Internet startup.
Key industries driving work in California include trade, transportation and utilities; government; and professional/business services. Over the past twenty months, the most job possibilities have opened in professional/business services and education/health services. Government jobs have declined due to budget cuts. Also notable is the fact that the construction sector has lost about 370,000 jobs in California since peaking in 2006.
Employment conditions in California have been rocky, but are slowly improving. Payrolls fell from early 2008 through mid-2010 and are now positive. Online hiring dipped in mid-2011, but strengthened at the end of 2011 and early 2012; however, online opportunities are still significantly below prerecession levels. After peaking at a steep 12.4 percent for six months in 2010, California's unemployment rate was below 11 percent in early 2012.