US Census Bureau Ranks Riverside County in Top Three for Employment Growth


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San Francisco, Riverside and San Bernardino led the nation in annual employment growth among the top 50 U.S. counties with the most employees, according to new U.S. Census Bureau economic statistics released today. Overall, these 50 counties accounted for 34.6 percent of employment of all establishments defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

Riverside County saw its employment grow 4.9 percent, up 25,284 employees to 540,169 employees in 2015. San Bernardino County’s employment grew 4.4 percent, up 24,396 employees to 578,755 employees in 2015. Santa Clara County’s employment grew 3.8 percent, up 36,807 employees to 999,906 employees in 2015.

Transportation and Warehousing Sees Large Gains in Two California Counties 

Some of the top counties saw the Transportation and Warehousing sector (NAICS 48-49) driving their growth. In Riverside County, transportation and warehousing employment increased 32.3 percent, up 6,865 employees and San Bernardino County saw an increase in employment of 16.2 percent, up 8,125 employees in this sector.

Two other sectors had multiple appearances in the top 10 counties. Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services sector (NAICS 54) was the top sector in Suffolk County, Mass., with an employment increase of 12.0 percent. Hillsborough County, Fla., had an 8.8 percent increase in this sector. Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45) was the top sector in Salt Lake County, Utah, with an employment increase of 7.3 percent. It was also the top sector in Broward County, Fla., with an employment increase of 4.2 percent.

These latest data come from the 2015 County Business Patterns, which provides the only detailed annual information on the number of establishments, employees, and first quarter and annual payroll at the national, state, county, metropolitan, congressional district and five-digit ZIP code levels for nearly 1,200 industries.

State Highlights 

California had more establishments (908,120) and employees (14.3 million) and a larger annual payroll ($857 billion) than any other state in 2015. Texas followed in each measure (569,091 establishments, 10.2 million employees and $521.1 billion in annual payroll). New York ranked third in all three measures: 540,298 establishments, 8.0 million employees and $513.1 billion in annual payroll. 

County Business Patterns excludes business owners who were self-employed (i.e., nonemployers), employees of private households, railroad employees, agriculture production workers and most government employees. The statistics are broken down according to employment-size classes (e.g., number of establishments with one to four employees) and legal form of organization, such as corporations and partnerships. Definitional and coverage differences may affect the direct comparison of economic census data and County Business Patterns data. 

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