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Feb 27
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Virtual Event

Labor Force Participation in California

Upcoming February 27, 2024 · 11:00 am - 11:40 am

California’s labor force participation is shrinking, mainly because of an aging population. But significant participation gaps across demographic groups also pose limitations. How can the state remove barriers to work and build a strong workforce for years to come? PPIC researchers Julien Lafortune, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, and Hans Johnson will discuss findings—and pathways forward—from a new report.

Featured Report · December 2023

Policies for Creating and Keeping Jobs in California

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Fact Cards

Three-quarters of all California jobs are in firms that have operated for more than a decade.
California recovered jobs after the pandemic very quickly, at about twice the pace as after the Great Recession.
23% Share of California businesses owned by women.
Economy chart The majority of California workers earn less than $30 per hour.
About 7 in 10 Californians think that when today’s children grow up, they will be worse off financially than their parents.
The typical California worker is younger than a typical worker in the rest of the US.
At almost 12% of the workforce, self-employment is higher in California than in the US.
Most California businesses are small, and most Californians work for a small business.
Over a third of self-employed Californians are 55 and older.
Since 1980, income among top earners grew by 58%; among lowest earners, income grew by 19%.
76% Most poor families in California are working.
2% of California zip codes hold 20% of the state’s wealth.
Blacks and Latinos make up 40% of California’s population, but 60% of people in lowest-income families.