Local Economy

Understanding the local economy – industries, occupations, demographics – is key to making smart investments in recruitment, training, and workforce services. Labor market information can give you the intelligence you need to make informed decisions.

Labor Force Data
August 2017
In the Labor Force: 207,800
Labor Force Participation Rate: 62.4%
Employed: 196,500
Unemployed: 11,300
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

Unemployment Rate Trends

Unemployment by City
Area Name Labor
Force
Employed Unemployment
Number Rate
Solano County 207,800 196,500 11,300 5.5%
Benicia 14,900 14,400 500 3.4%
Dixon 9,900 9,400 500 4.6%
Fairfield 52,500 49,900 2,600 4.9%
Rio Vista 3,100 2,800 300 10.9%
Suisun City 14,500 13,800 700 4.7%
Vacaville 45,000 43,100 2,000 4.3%
Vallejo 56,400 54,000 4,300 7.4%
Unemployment by Populations (2016)

Unemployment by Populations (2016)

Unemployment by Age (2016)

Unemployment by Age (2016)

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Key Industries
Key Industries
Healthcare Food and Beverage Chain Transportation and Logistics Advanced Materials
Healthcare Food and Beverage Chain Transportation and Logistics Advanced Materials
Healthcare is Solano’s largest industry, providing an estimated 24,800 jobs and an average wage of $42.26. Food and Beverage Chain in Solano boasts a high concentration with a 2.1 Location Quotient with major employers such as Anheuser-Busch and Jelly Belly Candy.  Solano is well situated for goods movement and is the gateway to major wine regions. Solano has a Location Quotient of 2.12 with a regional gross product of $1.47 billion.  Solano hosts 200+ advanced material businesses with 7,000 employees. Solano has a Location Quotient of 2.33 with a regional gross product of $2.33 billion. 

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Key Occupations
Fastest Growing Occupations in Solano County (2014-2024)
Occupation Average Annual Growth Median Hourly Wage Entry-Level Education Work Experience Required

1. Home Health Aides

6.9%

$10.32

None

None

2. Construction Laborers

6.6%

$18.41

None

None

3. Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

6.5%

$25.76

None

None

4. Software Developers, Applications

5.8%

$54.76

Bachelor’s

None

5. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

5.7%

$30.44

Bachelor’s

None

6. Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

5.6%

$9.76

None

None

7. Roofers

5.6%

$24.78

None

None

8. Carpenters

5.2%

$27.81

High School

None

9. Sales Representatives, Wholesale

5.0%

$42.13

None

None

10. Painters

5.0%

$22.41

Bachelor’s

None

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Business Community
10 Largest Employers in Solano County

Employer Name

Size

Location

Industry

California Medical Facility

1,000-4,999

Vacaville

Hospitals

Comcast Cable

10,000+

Vallejo

Television-Cable

GBG Corporation

10,000+

Vacaville

Wellness Programs

Genentech Inc.

1,000-4,999

Vacaville

Pharmaceutical Products-Wholesale

Kaiser Permanente Vallejo

1,000-4,999

Vallejo

Hospitals

Mike’s Auto Body

1,000-4,999

Vallejo

Automobile Body-Repairing/Painting

Northbay Medical Center

1,000-4,999

Fairfield

Hospitals

Six Flags

1,000-4,999

Vallejo

Amusement and Theme Parks

Travis Air Force Base

500-999

Travis AFB

Military Bases

Westrust-Nut Tree

1,000-4,999

Vacaville

Real Estate Developers

Small Businesses

The majority of businesses in Solano County are small businesses. Over 95% of businesses in Solano County have less than 100 employees, and 79% have less than 10 employees.

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Labor Force Demographics
Quick Facts (July 2017)

Population: 440,207
Veterans: 33,551
Foreign-Born: 20.1%
Average income: $66,828
High School Graduation Rate: 87.5%
Individuals with a Disability: 8.0%
Poverty Rate: 12.0%
Median Commute: 30.1 minutes

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Civilian Population

The majority of Solano County civilians are working age adults with a number of younger children. The population is 54% white, followed by 15% Asian and 14% Black/African American. 

Age of General Population

Race age 16+ in 2016

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