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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 2022, manufacturing remains the single largest employment sector in the Gateway Cities COG region, with retail trade was the second largest sector with approximately followed by social services, wholesale, and healthcare.

Unemployment rates vary by city and unincorporated area generally standing at (>6%). Unemployment data and other workforce information is available through the State of California Employment Development Department. See website: