SLO County employment spurred by tourism

November 19, 2012

The number of people employed in San Luis Obispo County has risen over the past year prompted heavily by the local tourism industry, according to a report released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

County residents who make a living working in the hospitality industry went from 14,900 in Oct. 2011 to 15,800 in Oct. 2012. During the same period, the number of people employed in the county rose from 127.800 to 132,900 (numbers rounded by the state).

In 2012, the biggest decline in county jobs was seen in the manufacturing industry, which lost 400 jobs.

For the fourth straight month, the jobless rate in San Luis Obispo County has continued to fall increasing optimism of a prolonged economic recovery.

The county unemployment rate fell from 7.4 percent in September to 7.3 percent in October. The rate is below the national average of 7.5 percent and the state’s 9.8 percent rate.


  1. SLOBIRD says:

    Wait until this industry has to pay for healthcare. Should be interesting to see how the successful survive.

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    • brook says:

      They won’t pay for healthcare. Using specifically designed computer programs they will schedule their employees hours to fall just short of what triggers health care coverage.
      That’s already being done in many places.

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  2. Tammy says:

    Yea, but do those make a living wage working in the hospitality industry? I’ve been in the central coast area for most my adult life and employment has always been hard to find here, especially a job that pays enough to live on in the private sector. Don’t get me started.

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    • easymoney says:

      Homerun tammy, there have always been few to no head of household jobs in this county. No manufacturing, no industry, but lots of low paying service jobs in the tourism business…

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