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San Luis Obispo, CA Employment Information
San Luis Obispo, California Overview
Home to 45,119 residents, as of the 2010 U.S. Census, San Luis Obispo sits halfway between two of California's largest cities along the state's coastline -- San Francisco and Los Angeles. The city is more than 200 years old and was among the first in the United States to ban smoking in public areas. A scant 11 miles from the Pacific Ocean, its proximity and mountainous terrain are yearly draws for tourists across the country.
San Luis Obispo Job Opportunities
The largest employers for San Luis Obispo jobs are local government institutions, universities and healthcare facilities, including Pacific Gas and Electric and California Polytechnic State University. These industries require extensive support staff, which leads to a high number of job openings for administrative and office positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2013, more than 15,000 people living in the city work as administrative employees or in office support roles. The mean annual wage for all workers across all industries in San Luis Obispo is $44,880, with a mean hourly wage of $16.65.
San Luis Obispo Employment Trends
Public administration, sales and positions serving related fields have the best prospects for available positions due to yearly swells in local college student populations and a growing retail sector. The city has recently built several large shopping centers, which should increase seasonal demand for retail sales workers.
Education and healthcare jobs in San Luis Obispo continue to rise, with Tenet Healthcare sitting as the leading employer in this sector, as of 2013. California, as a whole, employs more healthcare workers, including nurses and doctors, than any other state, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of 2014, the unemployment rate in the city is 5.7 percent -- lower than the national average of 6.2 percent.
San Luis Obispo Cost of Living
The median condo or house value in the city, as of 2012, is $496,500. What people actually pay for homes in the area is higher, with average prices for houses sitting in the $510,000 range. Prices for detached houses are more than $594,000, with townhouses averaging a little more than $430,000. The median home value for California, as of the same year, is slightly lower at $349,400. Median gross rent is $1,225 per month. In total, the cost of living in San Luis Obispo is 25 percent higher than the national average, but 4 percent lower than the average index rating in California.