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Palm Springs, CA Employment Information
Palm Springs, CA Overview
Resort city Palm Springs is located in California's southern desert and is known for an abundance of hotels, spas, resorts, and tourist activities. The city has a population of over 45,000 permanent residents, many of whom are employed in retail shops, lodgings, and restaurants. Palm Springs is known for its mid-century modern architecture and the boutique feel of its culture and establishments.
The cost of living in Palm Springs is considerably above the national average but more than ten percent below the California average. Housing and transportation are the most expensive aspects of Palm Springs, CA life when compared with the rest of the US, though housing costs in Palm Springs are still significantly below California's average.
Palm Springs, CA Job Opportunities
As a tourist destination that focuses on hot springs, spas, and golfing, Palm Springs has ample employment opportunity in the hospitality industry, including food service, and in the retail industry. Since it's known primarily as a resort destination, specialty skills like massage therapy are in demand. Outdoor sports like hiking and biking are also popular, creating opportunities for small business owners looking to start sporting ventures.
Management and finance are also important factors in the tourism industry, and job seekers with the right experience should seek supervisory, management, and accounting opportunities.
Palm Springs, CA Employment Trends
Palm Springs's economy relies very heavily on tourism, which is by far its major industry. Projects to reconstruct Palm Springs's downtown area are underway, which bring with them construction employment opportunities. The city has been demolishing old structures and rebuilding since it recovered from the recession to keep boosting tourism and its economy. Festivals are a driving economic force as they promote more tourism. With an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent as of April 2015, Palm Springs, CA is recovering nicely from the recession.