Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop

Employment change within specific industry clusters illustrates how San Bernardino County’s economy is evolving. Tracking salary levels in these clusters shows whether these jobs can provide a wage high enough for workers to afford living in San Bernardino County. This indicator presents employment and salaries in five industry clusters chosen to reflect the diversity of San Bernardino County employment, as well as to capture major economic drivers within the county and important industry sectors for workforce development. Approximately 53% of all San Bernardino County jobs can be found in the five clusters described in this indicator. The unemployment rate is also shown.

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San Bernardino County Employment Indicator

Average Annual Salaries in Selected Clusters

San Bernardino County, 2017 and 2018
20172018Percent Change
Healthcare$57,641 $59,979 4%
Professional/Scientific/Technical Services$67,101 $67,528 1%
Manufacturing$56,764 $56,849 0.10%
Construction/Housing Related Industries$52,467 $51,630 -2%
Logistics$51,924 $48,585 -6%

Source: Analysis of data from Chmura Economics & Analytics

Three of the five selected industry clusters experienced an increase in employment between 2017 and 2018:

  • Healthcare experienced the greatest growth in the past year, increasing 7%.
  • Manufacturing jobs increased by 2% and Logistics grew by 1%.
  • Professional/Scientific/Technical Services jobs decreased 2% and Construction/Housing Related Industries saw a decline of 3% from the prior year.

Over 10 years, employment grew in all selected clusters:

  • Since 2009, Logistics employment increased 89% and Healthcare employment increased 44%.
  • Professional/Scientific/Technical Services and Manufacturing each increased 20% since 2009, and Construction/Housing Related Industries employment increased 38% over the same period.

Salaries in two out of five of the selected clusters increased:

  • Between 2017 and 2018, average salaries in Healthcare increased by 4% and Professional/Scientific/Technical Services increased by 1%. 
  • The average salary of Manufacturing jobs remained essentially unchanged, while Construction/Housing Related Industries decreased 2% and Logistics decreased 6%.
  • During this same period, the cost of living increased 2.9%.1
  • The minimum annual income needed to qualify for financing to purchase an entry-level home (priced at 85% of median) in the first quarter of 2019 was approximately $41,300, which was affordable on average to employees in all five of these clusters if a down payment can be secured.

Employment in Selected Industry Clusters

San Bernardino County, 2008-2017
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Source: Analysis of data from Chmura Economics & Analytics

San Bernardino County’s unemployment rate continues to decline:

  • From the high in 2010, the unemployment rate has been decreasing and was 3.5% in October 2019. 
  • In October 2019, San Bernardino County’s unemployment rate was the 28th lowest out of the 58 counties in California, a position that has changed slightly from 27th in 2018.
  • San Bernardino County’s unemployment rate is lower than the national and state rates of 3.9% and 3.7%, respectively.

Unemployment Rate

San Bernardino County, California and United States, 2008-August 2018
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1Consumer Price Index—All Urban Consumers; Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario. (http://www.bls.gov/data/#prices)