The 2015-2016 Orange County Workforce Indicators Report covers multiple facets of the Orange County economy – demographics, industry clusters, education and training, workforce housing – to provide stakeholders with the information they need to make informed decisions about the county’s present and future economic climate. The ever-changing 21st century global economy means that policymakers and stakeholders must understand shifting labor market trends in order to implement workforce development programs that will ensure future prosperity. This report presents key information about these trends in an accessible package that stakeholders can use as is or as a starting point for further research.
The goal of this report is to help both county stakeholders and the general public understand the key economic and workforce drivers that continue to put Orange County in the driver’s seat of the Southern California economy. Orange County’s unique attributes – its high quality of life, diverse and well-educated workforce, and competitive business environment – allowed it to recover from the Great Recession quicker than neighboring counties and peer regions across the nation. In fact, Orange County has become the economic engine of the greater Southern California area, driving economic and employment growth in surrounding regions as well as in the county itself.