Essential Skills Poster


This poster highlights skills valued by employers. Building these skills will help you to get a job and make you a superstar in your workplace.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Employment in San Diego County

COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the economy; in the first week of mandated social distancing, Californians submitted more unemployment claims than any previous week on record. In this report we identify the occupations most at risk in the short term and the factors that will influence regional unemployment in the long term. We also highlight the support that the Workforce Partnership is providing to laid-off workers and struggling businesses. Workers and employers whose jobs are impacted by COVID-19 can find resources at workforce.org/covid-19.

Justice involvement in California’s Southern Border Region

In 2019, the state awarded us $2.4 million to build on the success of our work with Second Chance and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department serving the reentry population. As a result, we are expanding these services to more justice-involved individuals in San Diego and Imperial Counties. This report provides background on California’s corrections system and an overview of the Southern Border Region’s justice-involved population.

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Priority Sector Posters 2019


As part of regional planning for the Southern Border Region (SBR)—comprising San Diego and Imperial counties—the SBR research team regularly updates the priority sectors. See below for the 2019 edition of the priority sector posters for San Diego County.

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Priority Sector 2-pagers 2019


A companion piece to the 2019 priority sector posters, these printable 2-pagers offer ideas on how to begin a career in each sector.

Workforce Needs in Defense

The San Diego Workforce Partnership and the South County Economic Development Council engaged in survey research that highlights short- and long-term workforce needs in two specific defense subsectors: The Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (PST) sector and unmanned systems (aerial, underwater, land, and surface).

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Retail sector research

Through The Aspen Institute’s Reimagine Retail Initiative, the San Diego Workforce Partnership undertook a research project to understand the social, economic, and regulatory forces driving change in San Diego County’s retail sector.

Change is Coming: A report on San Diego’s progress on reducing youth disconnection

Last year, we released research on the over 41,000 16–24-year-olds not working and not in school in San Diego County. One year later, Measure of America and the Workforce Partnership have released new data on opportunity youth in the county. Explore the latest measures and demographics of disconnection that are anchoring our region’s movement to reduce youth disconnection.

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Priority Jobs in San Diego County

Thinking about your career options and don’t know where to start? The Priority Jobs report uses employer survey responses and labor market information to look at occupations that are expected to have high growth and job openings in San Diego County over the next five years. In addition, every job on this list pays at least a self-sustaining wage at the entry level ($15.99/hr). Whether you are a student or more seasoned job seeker, use this tool to explore local professions with potential. Included are highlights from the 284 businesses surveyed. 

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Initiate! A report on San Diego’s progress reducing youth disconnection

Last year, we released groundbreaking research on the over 43,000 16–24-year-olds not working and not in school in San Diego County and set bold goals for reducing the rate of youth disconnection across San Diego’s neighborhoods. One year later, Measure of America and SDWP have released new data on opportunity youth in San Diego County. Explore the latest measures and demographics of disconnection that are anchoring our region’s movement to reduce youth disconnection.

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