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


The San Diego Workforce Partnership research team regularly updates the priority sectors to identify top industries that provide at least 10,000 positions for the 72 priority jobs. 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.

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Essential Skills and Priority Sector Posters in Arabic

View and download our priority sector and essential skills posters in Arabic. The essential skills poster highlights skills valued by employers and the priority sectors show labor market data with a wealth of information on in-demand careers.

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Essential Skills and Priority Sector Posters in Farsi

View and download our priority sector and essential skills posters in Farsi. The essential skills poster highlights skills valued by employers and the priority sector posters show labor market data with a wealth of information on in-demand careers.

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Essential Skills and Priority Sector Posters in Spanish

View and download our priority sector and essential skills posters in Spanish. The essential skills poster highlights skills valued by employers and the priority sectors show labor market data with a wealth of information on in-demand careers.

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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.

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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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