Ventura County vs. California
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Total Employment Growth and Change, 1969-2021
Introduction
Ventura County vs. California
Ventura County:
2021 Jobs = 468,549
2021 Percent of State = 2.0%
California:
2021 Jobs = 23,906,353
2021 Percent of U.S. = 11.9%
Employment numbers remain the most popular and frequently cited statistics used for tracking local area economic conditions and trends. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) employment estimates reported measure the number of full- and part-time wage and salary employees, plus the number of proprietors of unincorporated businesses. People holding more than one job are counted in the employment estimates for each job they hold. This means BEA employment estimates represent a job count, not a people count. Also, BEA employment is by place-of-work, rather than by place-of-residence. Jobs held by neighboring county residents who commute to Ventura County to work are included in the employment count for Ventura County.
Data Definition:
The BEA employment series for states and local areas comprises estimates of the number of jobs, full-time plus part-time, by place of work. Full-time and part-time jobs are counted at equal weight. Employees, sole proprietors, and active partners are included, but unpaid family workers and volunteers are not included. Proprietors employment consists of the number of sole proprietorships and the number of partners in partnerships. The description "by place of work" applies to the wage and salary portion of the series and, with relatively little error, to the entire series. The proprietors employment portion of the series, however, is more nearly by place of residence because, for nonfarm sole proprietorships, the estimates are based on IRS tax data that reflect the address from which the proprietor's individual tax return is filed, which is usually the proprietor's residence. The nonfarm partnership portion of the proprietors employment series reflects the tax-filing address of the partnership, which may be either the residence of one of the partners or the business address of the partnership. The employment estimates are designed to be consistent with the estimates of wages and salaries and proprietors' income that are part of the personal income series. The employment estimates are based on the same sets of source data as the corresponding earnings estimates and are prepared with parallel methodologies. Two forms of proprietors' income-the income of limited partnerships and the income of tax-exempt cooperatives-have no corresponding employment estimates.
Total Employment, 1969-2021
Total Employment, 1969-2021
Figure 1.
Figure 1 tracks Ventura County's annual total employment for the period 1969-2021 to illustrate total employment patterns over time. During this 53-year period, Ventura County's total employment rose from 134,212 in 1969 to 468,549 in 2021, for a net gain of 334,337, or 249.1%.
Total Employment, 1969-2021
Total Employment, 1969-2021
Figure 2.
Figure 2 tracks California's annual total employment for the period 1969-2021 to illustrate total employment patterns over time. During this 53-year period, California's total employment rose from 9,032,738 in 1969 to 23,906,353 in 2021, for a net gain of 14,873,615, or 164.7%.
Total Employment Indices (1969=100): 1969-2021
Total Employment Indices (1969=100): 1969-2021
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays Ventura County's total employment growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with California, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's total employment in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the total employments in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in total employment growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Ventura County's overall total employment growth was 249.1% over 1969-2021 outpaced California's increase of 164.7%, and topped the United States' increase of 120.9%.
Total Employment as a Percent of the California Total: 1969-2021
Total Employment as a Percent of the California Total: 1969-2021
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of highlighting the total employment growth of Ventura County is to compare its individual percentage contributions to California's statewide total employment over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's total employment grew faster, or declined less, than California's total employment, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Ventura County's total employment comprised 1.5% of California's total employment, while in 2021 it totaled 2.0% thereby yielding a +0.5% share-shift.
   
 
Total Employment Share-Shift
2021 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2021
vs.
1969
+0.47%
=
1.96%
-
1.49%
 
   
Ventura County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2021
Ventura County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2021
Figure 5.
Figure 5 shows the short-run pattern of Ventura County's total employment growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2021. The average annual percent change for the entire 52-year period is also traced on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Ventura County's total employment grew at an annual rate of 2.46% over 1970-2021. The county recorded its highest growth in 1978 (7.83%) and posted its lowest growth in 2020 (-3.69%). In 2021, Ventura County's total employment grew by 2.37%
Ventura County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2021
Ventura County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2021
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again illustrates the annual percent change in Ventura County's total employment since 1970, but this time they are overlayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020-2021.
During the 1970s, Ventura County's annual total employment growth rate averaged 4.76%. It averaged 4.08% throughout the 1980s, 1.96% throughout the 1990s, 1.04% in the 2000s, 1.07% throughout the 2010s, -0.66% thus far this decade (2020-2021).
Total Employment Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Total Employment Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Ventura County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for California and the nation. As the chart reveals, Ventura County's average annual total employment growth registered above California's average during the 1970s (4.76% vs. 3.29%), led California's average in the 1980s (4.08% vs. 2.81%), recorded above California's average in the 1990s (1.96% vs. 1.40%), outgained California's average during the 2000s (1.04% vs. 0.53%), amounted to less than California's average during the 2010s (1.07% vs. 2.03%), and trailed California's average over the 2 year period of the current decade, 2020-2021 (-0.66% vs. -0.59%).
Finally, relative to nationwide total employment growth trends, Ventura County recorded above the nation in the 1970s (4.76% vs. 2.21%), led the nation over the 1980s (4.08% vs. 1.88%), recorded above the nation over the 1990s (1.96% vs. 1.73%), exceeded the nation throughout the 2000s (1.04% vs. 0.74%), posted below the nation in the 2010s (1.07% vs. 1.51%), and recorded underneath the nation over 2020-2021 (-0.66% vs. -0.08%).
   
 
Total Employment Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
2.46
4.76
4.08
1.96
1.04
1.07
-0.66
2.37
 
1.91
3.29
2.81
1.40
0.53
2.03
-0.59
3.24
 
1.55
2.21
1.88
1.73
0.74
1.51
-0.08
2.99
 
   
Job Ratios (Employment/Population): 1969-2021
Job Ratios (Employment/Population): 1969-2021
Figure 8.
The job ratios shown in Figure 8 for Ventura County, California and the nation not only portray a number of important trends, they also serves as a thumbnail guide to evaluating an economy's capacity to generate enough jobs fast enough to absorb the increasing number of workers attendant to a growing population. The job ratio is the number of full-time and part-time jobs by place of work, divided by population.
Nationally, the job ratio rose from 0.45 to 0.61 between 1969 and 2021. Ventura County's job ratio registered 0.36 in 1969, and 0.56 in 2021. Underlying the rising job ratio over the past several decades have been the increases in the labor force participation rates, with the number and proportion of women in the labor market playing a leading role.
An assortment of other factors can contribute to regional differences in the job ratio. They include differences in the proportion of elderly and retirees who no longer work and participate in the labor force, differences in the number and proportion of part-time vs. full-time workers, differences in industry composition, and differences in age and sex distribution and degree of urbanization. Also, a disproportionate number of workers commuting to work outside a county tends to lower its local county job ratio, while a net inflow of workers commuting to work inside the county tends to augment its local county job ratio.
Avoid interpreting the job ratio as the fraction (or percent) of the local population employed. This interpretation should only apply to the "employment-population ratio" statistic compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from the Current Population Survey (CPS).
Job Ratios (Employment/Population)
as a Percent of the U.S. Average:
1969-2021
Job Ratios (Employment/Population)
as a Percent of the U.S. Average:
1969-2021
Figure 9.
To highlight trends in a local job ratio relative to nationwide trends, Figure 9 tracks Ventura County's, California's job ratio as a percent of the national job ratio over 1969-2021.

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Ventura County:
Total Employment, 1969-2021
 
1969
 
134,212
100.0
N
1.49
0.36
80.23
1970
 
135,394
100.9
0.88
1.49
0.36
79.31
1971
 
140,085
104.4
3.46
1.55
0.35
79.95
1972
 
147,656
110.0
5.40
1.58
0.36
80.20
1973
 
155,861
116.1
5.56
1.58
0.37
79.79
1974
 
164,301
122.4
5.42
1.62
0.38
80.69
1975
 
171,738
128.0
4.53
1.67
0.38
83.34
1976
 
176,285
131.3
2.65
1.66
0.38
81.98
1977
 
188,053
140.1
6.68
1.69
0.39
82.19
1978
 
202,771
151.1
7.83
1.72
0.41
83.10
1979
 
213,342
159.0
5.21
1.71
0.42
82.67
1980
 
221,151
164.8
3.66
1.73
0.42
82.74
1981
 
225,479
168.0
1.96
1.74
0.41
82.40
1982
 
229,893
171.3
1.96
1.79
0.41
82.99
1983
 
237,557
177.0
3.33
1.80
0.41
83.44
1984
 
248,225
184.9
4.49
1.80
0.42
82.49
1985
 
260,105
193.8
4.79
1.82
0.43
82.93
1986
 
270,559
201.6
4.02
1.84
0.44
83.63
1987
 
287,425
214.2
6.23
1.88
0.45
85.05
1988
 
305,846
227.9
6.41
1.91
0.47
86.02
1989
 
317,976
236.9
3.97
1.94
0.48
86.71
1990
 
327,267
243.8
2.92
1.94
0.49
88.13
1991
 
332,915
248.1
1.73
1.99
0.49
90.57
1992
 
332,193
247.5
-0.22
2.03
0.49
90.15
1993
 
335,316
249.8
0.94
2.05
0.49
89.73
1994
 
344,984
257.0
2.88
2.09
0.49
90.12
1995
 
352,089
262.3
2.06
2.08
0.50
90.10
1996
 
358,399
267.0
1.79
2.07
0.50
90.00
1997
 
357,142
266.1
-0.35
2.02
0.50
87.38
1998
 
371,587
276.9
4.04
2.02
0.51
88.51
1999
 
385,759
287.4
3.81
2.05
0.52
89.65
2000
 
395,387
294.6
2.50
2.06
0.52
89.18
2001
 
407,454
303.6
3.05
2.11
0.53
91.50
2002
 
415,664
309.7
2.01
2.15
0.53
92.90
2003
 
422,993
315.2
1.76
2.17
0.54
93.85
2004
 
428,584
319.3
1.32
2.17
0.54
93.61
2005
 
435,416
324.4
1.59
2.16
0.55
94.01
2006
 
441,017
328.6
1.29
2.15
0.55
93.74
2007
 
447,553
333.5
1.48
2.14
0.56
93.86
2008
 
441,320
328.8
-1.39
2.14
0.55
92.87
2009
 
427,303
318.4
-3.18
2.15
0.52
92.62
2010
 
424,867
316.6
-0.57
2.16
0.51
92.13
2011
 
430,069
320.4
1.22
2.15
0.52
91.75
2012
 
438,470
326.7
1.95
2.12
0.53
92.39
2013
 
446,574
332.7
1.85
2.09
0.53
92.56
2014
 
456,374
340.0
2.19
2.07
0.54
92.85
2015
 
460,902
343.4
0.99
2.03
0.54
92.09
2016
 
464,957
346.4
0.88
2.01
0.55
91.98
2017
 
467,771
348.5
0.61
1.99
0.55
91.61
2018
 
474,428
353.5
1.42
1.97
0.56
91.74
2019
 
475,232
354.1
0.17
1.96
0.56
92.06
2020
 
457,685
341.0
-3.69
1.98
0.54
92.16
2021
 
468,549
349.1
2.37
1.96
0.56
92.06
Source: Calculations by the California Regional Economic Analysis Project (CA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2022
REAP_PI_CA1400_1000_PSN
 
   

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California:
Total Employment, 1969-2021
 
1969
 
9,032,738
100.0
N
9.92
0.46
101.31
1970
 
9,056,897
100.3
0.27
9.92
0.45
100.99
1971
 
9,036,074
100.0
-0.23
9.87
0.44
100.30
1972
 
9,368,468
103.7
3.68
9.93
0.46
100.99
1973
 
9,843,939
109.0
5.08
10.00
0.47
101.29
1974
 
10,163,089
112.5
3.24
10.15
0.48
102.29
1975
 
10,286,346
113.9
1.21
10.40
0.48
104.05
1976
 
10,632,968
117.7
3.37
10.47
0.48
103.81
1977
 
11,119,255
123.1
4.57
10.59
0.50
104.08
1978
 
11,815,943
130.8
6.27
10.77
0.52
104.76
1979
 
12,460,727
138.0
5.46
11.01
0.54
106.35
1980
 
12,761,955
141.3
2.42
11.20
0.54
106.89
1981
 
12,934,962
143.2
1.36
11.26
0.53
106.35
1982
 
12,862,878
142.4
-0.56
11.27
0.52
105.16
1983
 
13,182,023
145.9
2.48
11.40
0.52
105.08
1984
 
13,796,978
152.7
4.67
11.45
0.53
104.45
1985
 
14,284,986
158.1
3.54
11.54
0.54
103.83
1986
 
14,709,923
162.9
2.97
11.65
0.54
103.25
1987
 
15,300,046
169.4
4.01
11.81
0.55
103.02
1988
 
16,021,802
177.4
4.72
12.00
0.56
103.04
1989
 
16,425,901
181.8
2.52
12.06
0.56
101.89
1990
 
16,834,515
186.4
2.49
12.17
0.56
101.40
1991
 
16,750,052
185.4
-0.50
12.17
0.55
101.06
1992
 
16,390,983
181.5
-2.14
11.86
0.53
98.24
1993
 
16,367,123
181.2
-0.15
11.63
0.52
96.63
1994
 
16,540,724
183.1
1.06
11.47
0.53
95.87
1995
 
16,939,791
187.5
2.41
11.45
0.53
96.21
1996
 
17,341,994
192.0
2.37
11.48
0.54
96.59
1997
 
17,667,115
195.6
1.87
11.43
0.54
95.95
1998
 
18,432,865
204.1
4.33
11.63
0.56
97.26
1999
 
18,852,334
208.7
2.28
11.67
0.56
97.22
2000
 
19,228,895
212.9
2.00
11.63
0.57
96.53
2001
 
19,341,458
214.1
0.59
11.69
0.56
96.58
2002
 
19,358,164
214.3
0.09
11.73
0.56
96.71
2003
 
19,478,671
215.6
0.62
11.74
0.55
96.61
2004
 
19,784,145
219.0
1.57
11.72
0.56
96.45
2005
 
20,126,877
222.8
1.73
11.68
0.56
96.33
2006
 
20,505,187
227.0
1.88
11.66
0.57
96.58
2007
 
20,888,396
231.3
1.87
11.63
0.58
96.68
2008
 
20,654,292
228.7
-1.12
11.52
0.56
95.74
2009
 
19,837,628
219.6
-3.95
11.42
0.54
94.82
2010
 
19,642,444
217.5
-0.98
11.36
0.53
94.17
2011
 
19,986,021
221.3
1.75
11.35
0.53
94.00
2012
 
20,666,908
228.8
3.41
11.55
0.54
95.59
2013
 
21,319,995
236.0
3.16
11.69
0.56
96.72
2014
 
21,997,098
243.5
3.18
11.81
0.57
97.60
2015
 
22,687,196
251.2
3.14
11.92
0.58
98.45
2016
 
23,177,898
256.6
2.16
11.98
0.59
99.10
2017
 
23,548,985
260.7
1.60
11.99
0.60
99.34
2018
 
24,078,141
266.6
2.25
12.02
0.61
99.90
2019
 
24,227,775
268.2
0.62
12.01
0.61
100.33
2020
 
23,155,486
256.4
-4.43
11.86
0.59
99.50
2021
 
23,906,353
264.7
3.24
11.89
0.61
100.53
Source: Calculations by the California Regional Economic Analysis Project (CA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2022
REAP_PI_CA1400_1000_PSN
 
   

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United States:
Total Employment, 1969-2021
 
1969
 
91,053,200
100.0
N
0.45
1970
 
91,277,600
100.2
0.25
0.45
1971
 
91,581,400
100.6
0.33
0.44
1972
 
94,312,200
103.6
2.98
0.45
1973
 
98,427,500
108.1
4.36
0.47
1974
 
100,111,800
109.9
1.71
0.47
1975
 
98,900,600
108.6
-1.21
0.46
1976
 
101,591,200
111.6
2.72
0.47
1977
 
105,042,200
115.4
3.40
0.48
1978
 
109,686,600
120.5
4.42
0.49
1979
 
113,147,100
124.3
3.15
0.50
1980
 
113,983,200
125.2
0.74
0.50
1981
 
114,914,000
126.2
0.82
0.50
1982
 
114,163,300
125.4
-0.65
0.49
1983
 
115,645,700
127.0
1.30
0.49
1984
 
120,528,100
132.4
4.22
0.51
1985
 
123,796,700
136.0
2.71
0.52
1986
 
126,232,300
138.6
1.97
0.53
1987
 
129,548,400
142.3
2.63
0.53
1988
 
133,563,900
146.7
3.10
0.55
1989
 
136,177,800
149.6
1.96
0.55
1990
 
138,330,900
151.9
1.58
0.55
1991
 
137,612,800
151.1
-0.52
0.54
1992
 
138,166,100
151.7
0.40
0.54
1993
 
140,774,400
154.6
1.89
0.54
1994
 
144,196,600
158.4
2.43
0.55
1995
 
147,915,800
162.4
2.58
0.56
1996
 
151,056,200
165.9
2.12
0.56
1997
 
154,541,200
169.7
2.31
0.57
1998
 
158,481,200
174.1
2.55
0.57
1999
 
161,531,300
177.4
1.92
0.58
2000
 
165,370,800
181.6
2.38
0.59
2001
 
165,522,200
181.8
0.09
0.58
2002
 
165,095,100
181.3
-0.26
0.57
2003
 
165,921,500
182.2
0.50
0.57
2004
 
168,839,700
185.4
1.76
0.58
2005
 
172,338,400
189.3
2.07
0.58
2006
 
175,868,600
193.1
2.05
0.59
2007
 
179,543,700
197.2
2.09
0.60
2008
 
179,213,900
196.8
-0.18
0.59
2009
 
173,636,700
190.7
-3.11
0.57
2010
 
172,901,700
189.9
-0.42
0.56
2011
 
176,091,700
193.4
1.84
0.56
2012
 
178,979,700
196.6
1.64
0.57
2013
 
182,325,100
200.2
1.87
0.58
2014
 
186,233,800
204.5
2.14
0.58
2015
 
190,325,800
209.0
2.20
0.59
2016
 
193,425,900
212.4
1.63
0.60
2017
 
196,394,100
215.7
1.53
0.60
2018
 
200,281,200
220.0
1.98
0.61
2019
 
201,648,200
221.5
0.68
0.61
2020
 
195,301,600
214.5
-3.15
0.59
2021
 
201,142,600
220.9
2.99
0.61
Source: Calculations by the California Regional Economic Analysis Project (CA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2022
REAP_PI_CA1400_1000_PN
 
   
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