Labor Force

The Gateway Cities Council of Governments (Gateway Cities COG) region has a very dynamic and diverse workforce. With a regional median age of 33 years and labor force of approximately 1 million people, the region is perfect for employers with all types of staffing needs.


As of 2010, manufacturing remains the single largest employment sector in the Gateway Cities COG region, with slightly more than 15% of jobs. Retail trade was the second largest sector with approximately 11.6% of regional employment. Rounding out the top five employment sectors are (3) health care and social assistance (10.5%), (4) education services (9.4%), and (5) wholesale trade (9%).

Unemployment rates vary by city and unincorporated area. Unemployment data and other workforce information is available through the State of California Employment Development Department. See website: