MiraCosta Community Education and Workforce Development pays close attention to the job markets within San Diego, selecting training programs that reflect in-demand occupations that provide sustainable wages.  To find data, we look to our regional Workforce Investment Board, the San Diego Workforce Partnership.  The SDWP’s Research Department analyzes workforce trends, in-demand jobs, and high-growth industries in San Diego.

The Research Department annually produces  Industry Reports   that focus on key workforce issues throughout San Diego County, such as employers’ workforce needs, wages and salaries, occupational projections and various employment statistics. This labor market information informs job seekers, career counselors, trainers and educators about what employers are looking for in the current and future labor force.

The Research Department also publishes a   Labor Market Data Dashboard, which provides a snapshot of workforce trends in San Diego County.

For more information on what research is being conducted this year, contact   research@workforce.org.

Further, if you are looking for specific labor market or programmatic information, you can submit a request to SDWP’s data teams   here.

Labor Market Resources

American FactFinder

American FactFinder   is provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is a database that gathers information from the American Community Survey, American Housing Survey, Annual Economic Surveys, Annual Surveys of Governments, Census of Governments, Decennial Census, Economic Census, Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation, Population Estimates Program, and Puerto Rico Community Survey.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The   Bureau of Labor Statistics   of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Some data available through BLS:   Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, which created customized tables based on counties;   Economy at a Glance, which provides annual changes from month to month over a 12-month period;State and Area Employment, Hours, and Earnings, which creates customized tables based on Metropolitan Statistical Area; and more.

California Employment Development Department (EDD)

California Employment Development Department (EDD)   promotes California’s economic health by providing information to help people understand California’s economy and make informed labor market choices. The EDDLabor Market Information Division (LMID)   provides general labor market information by customer, by subject and by geography. Additionally, LMID’s site allows for   searches of unemployment rates   based on county, local Workforce Investment Area, MSA and Sub-County Place.

 In an effort to maximize the available LMI tools and resources, the Los Angeles Central Coast Region-LMID created the   Rapid Response Quick Links   page that was customized to meet program needs.


CalJOBS   is an online resource for jobs, résumés   and labor market information in California. You can search for jobs and apply online, develop and post résumés, post job openings or access career resources,  résumé  tools, information about the labor market, training programs and more.

Census Explorer

Census Explorer   is the U.S. Census Bureau’s new interactive map. It allows you to track changes in your neighborhood or census tracts based on the American Community Survey and County Business Patterns. Changes can be tracked based on household income, age, foreign born, education, etc.


City-Data.com   aggregates public records that are open to anyone. It contains graphs of the latest real estate prices and sales trends, recent home sales, a home value estimator, hundreds of thousands of maps, satellite photos, demographic data (race, income, ancestries, education, employment), geographic data, state profiles, crime data, registered sex offenders, cost of living, housing, religions, businesses, local news links, political contributions, city government finances, employment, schools, etc.

Cluster Mapping

According to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, the   U.S. Cluster Mapping Project   is used by governments, economic developers, and businesses to understand and shape the competitive landscape for a wide range of industries. Pritzker says the data are being put in the hands of local officials, who are using the information to make strategic investments, recruit new companies and lay the groundwork for new industries.

Cost of Living Index

Compiled by the Council for Community and Economic Research, the Cost of Living Index is a measure of living cost differences among urban areas in the United States. The index compares the price of goods and services among areas that participate in their surveys. It is widely used by economists, researchers and corporations to measure relative cost of living.

Council for Community and Economic Research

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)   promotes excellence in community and economic research by working to improve data availability, enhance data quality and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

The   Federal Reserve's Economic Research Department   conducts research on monetary policy, macroeconomics, banking, financial markets, applied microeconomics, and the regional economy.

Geographic Information Systems / Interactive Maps

The   Geographic Information Systems (GIS) / Interactive Maps   tool from the Employment Development Department (EDD) Labor Market Information website allows you to search for non-seasonally adjusted California Labor Force and Unemployment Data for all 58 counties and 21 major cities ranked by population size.

Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness

The   Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness   is a nonprofit research and education organization designed to advance scholarship, advise leaders and policymakers, and develop practical, research-based frameworks in the study of competition and its implications for company strategy, the competitiveness of nations, regions and cities, and the relationship between competition and society.

LMI Institute

The   LMI Institute   supports and promotes the production and use of high-quality workforce and employment information by: providing training and professional development to state and other LMI professionals; improving the knowledge, skills and understanding of LMI customers; offering management, staffing and coordination to support the nationwide LMI infrastructure; and fostering and encouraging the use of local, state and national LMI in decision-making related to workforce development, economic development, education and other relevant policy areas.

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics

The   Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program   is part of the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau. The LEHD program produces new, cost-effective, public-use information combining federal, state and Census Bureau data on employers and employees under the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership. State and local authorities increasingly need detailed local information about their economies to make informed decisions. The LED Partnership works to fill critical data gaps and provide indicators needed by state and local authorities.

Mass Layoffs Statistics

The   Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS)   program collects reports on mass layoff actions that result in workers being separated from their jobs. Monthly mass layoff numbers are from establishments which have at least 50 initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) filed against them during a five-week period. Extended mass layoff numbers (issued quarterly) are from a subset of such establishments—where private sector nonfarm employers indicate that 50 or more workers were separated from their jobs for at least 31 days.

Occupational Information Network (O*Net)

The   Occupational Information Network   is a free online database that contains hundreds of occupational definitions to help students, job seekers, businesses and workforce development professionals understand today’s world of work in the United States.


Founded by Urban Institute, Child Trends, and Social Solutions,   PerformWell   works to provide survey/assessments, indentify outcomes and improve service delivery for program strategies.

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) provides demographics data and maps for various types of information, including census facts, growth forecasts, etc.

San Diego Regional Data Library

The   San Diego Regional Data Library   is dedicated to helping nonprofits, civic organizations, journalists and governments in the San Diego region get data they need to tell their stories and run their operations. Serving as the main data repository for the Library, the site holds unprocessed data sets received from other organizations, as well as data that the Library has processed to make them easier to use.

Self-Sufficiency Standard for California

The   Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard (Self-Sufficiency Standard)   measures the minimum income necessary to cover all of a non-elderly (under 65 years old) individual or family’s basic expenses—housing, food, child care, healthcare, transportation, and taxes—without public or private assistance. The California Self-Sufficiency Standard is available for all 58 counties across the state. This tool allows you to look up the Self-Sufficiency Standard for a specific county and household type in California.

State Business Incentives Database

Part of the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), the   State Business Incentives national database   includes almost 2,000 programs from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and federal agencies. The resource center gives economic developers, business development finance professionals, and economic researchers a one-stop resource for searching and comparing state incentive programs.


The goal of   StatsAmerica   is to provide actionable data for economic developers to use in site requests, developing metrics, grant writing and strategic planning. Data is obtained from thousands of data items from hundreds of data sets from dozens of federal and state sources, along with some commercial or private sources.

Urban Institute

The Urban Institute, which conducts research to analyze and solve challenges in a rapidly urbanizing environment, produced a   map   depicting potential scenarios for U.S. population change through 2020 and 2030.

Workforce 3 One

Workforce 3 One   is an online interactive communications and learning platform designed to build the capacity of the Workforce Investment System. Members include the public workforce system and its strategic partners, such as employers, federal agencies, community- and faith-based organizations, and educators. Workforce 3 One supplements other technical assistance provided by the Employment and Training Administration’s national and regional staff to build the capacity of the workforce investment system to successfully meet the employment needs of America’s workforce and employers.


WorkSmart! is a tool for job seekers to get ready to get into the labor force. There are questionnaires, tips, job titles and descriptions of entry-level jobs.