Research & Data Overview

A Vital Source of Information on the Region’s Labor Market

SDWP’s Research Department analyzes workforce trends, in-demand jobs, and high-growth industries in San Diego.

The Research Department annually produces Industry Reports that focus on key workforce issues throughout San Diego County, such as employers’ workforce needs, wages and salaries, occupational projections and various employment statistics. This labor market information informs job seekers, career counselors, trainers and educators about what employers are looking for in the current and future labor force.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take for me to receive my data?

Once we receive your data request, it will usually take 7-10 business days to respond to your request. If we need additional information, we will contact you by email. The time you take to provide additional information will add to the total time it takes to respond to your request.

Why do you need additional information? Isn’t the data request form enough?

Sometimes the nature of the data request can be too broad. To provide the most relevant data for your request, we sometimes ask for additional information to narrow the scope of the data pull. We are unable to proceed with a data request until the data requester has responded.

What kinds of data can I request?

There are currently five types of data you can request through the form.

  • Occupation/Industry: Information regarding jobs using Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes (occupation data) and NAICS codes (industry codes). If you need help finding specific SOC codes, please refer to O*NET. If you need help finding specific NAICS codes, please refer to
  • Employment/Unemployment: Information regarding employment and unemployment job statistics
  • Job postings: Labor market information on jobs
  • Demographics: Information regarding specific segments of populations in San Diego County

What format will my data request be emailed to me in?

We use whatever format is most appropriate for the data you requested. Usually, we will use Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word for your data request. If you need the data in another format such as .csv or .pdf, please specify this in the data request form.

Are data request services always free?

The research team can fulfill most simple data requests free of charge. If the scope of your request is large and will take up a significant amount of staff effort, we will work with you to create a quote for those services.

I want to submit a data request, but I can’t find an option in the data request form. What should I do?

You may email us at with other types of requests. We may refer you to another organization or data source, or we may provide you with a quote for research services outside the scope of our free requests.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at