Kern County #2 for Millenial Job Creation

logo_forbesExcerpt from Forbes Magazine, Written by Joshua Wright

The story isn’t all that positive for millennials in the workforce: scant job gains, more than a third of all young workers employed in food preparation and serving occupations, declines or so-so growth in once-stable areas like law, sales, architecture and engineering, and business and finance.

Those are the national trends. But in several U.S. cities and regions, as EMSI and CareerBuilder revealed in a new analysis, the job market for millennials is much stronger than the national average.

Kern County’s Bakersfield-Delano MSA is among the largest 175 metros in the nation, and had the second-fastest job growth rate for millennials from 2007 to 2013, at 11%. Bakersfield also had the third-highest gain in the share of young workers, catapulting from 28% of all jobs in ’07 to roughly 30% in ’13.


Easily the fastest-growing sector for millennials in Bakersfield, an agriculture hotspot in the San Joaquin Valley, is farming, fishing, and forestry. More than 14,000 workers between 22 and 34 work in farming, fishing, and forestry occupations, an increase of 30% since 2007.

Bakersfield has also seen strong millennial growth in STEM fields—life, physical, and social science occupations jumped 29%; computer and math occupations increased 27%; and architecture and engineering occupations went up 19%, with the share of young workers going from 27% of all workers to 29%. Health care practitioners and health care support occupations also saw noteworthy gains.

Other agriculture-focused California metros (Modesto, Stockton, Fresno, and Napa) are in the top 50 among all metros for the increase in millennials compared to all workers. And Chico, San Luis Obispo, and Napa are in the top 10.

For full story click here: These Regions Have Actually Increased Their Share of Millennial Jobs

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