A Message from the Director

By Patricia Virgen,

Executive Director

As we embark on another promising year, looking back on our collective achievements, challenges, and growth in 2023 fills me with immense pride as the Executive Director of San Joaquin County's Employment and Economic Development Department. Our unwavering commitment to community engagement has been pivotal, with a myriad of meticulously designed events ensuring that the diverse needs of our residents were not only met but exceeded... Read More

Unemployment Insurance and Labor Market Review Snapshot

San Joaquin County (SJC) unemployment rate is up to 6.8%, which is higher than both the State of CA at 5.1%, and the USA at 3.7%. Non-farm payroll employment increased by 216,000 to 157.2 million in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in December 2023. Employment continued to trend up in government, health care, social assistance, and construction, while transportation and warehousing lost jobs.  

Labor Market Information Review

Adapting Together: San Joaquin WorkNet's Rapid Response in 2023

By Alejandra Mata, Division Manager

Change can be a challenging experience, especially in times of significant shifts. Businesses, whether established over the years or recently developed, are faced with the tough decision of laying off employees or permanently closing. The Employment and Economic Development Department's Rapid Response team, part of the San Joaquin County WorkNet, is here to provide support. In the year 2023, we received 29 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications (WARNs), impacting a total of 1,556 employees.... Read More

Triumph Over Unemployment: A WorkNet Success Story

By Winona Esquivel, Analyst

In the face of unexpected unemployment resulting from the closure of Aisin Electronics, Chris, a seasoned professional earning $31.00 per hour, found himself at a crossroads. Fueled by genuine concern and urgency, he set specific goals to swiftly secure a position as a Production Engineer, Electronics Engineer, or in a similar capacity within a production or manufacturing company in San Joaquin County. The Manteca AJCC center became the beacon of hope and support as Chris embarked on his journey towards reemployment. Read More

What's new for 2024?

Revolving Loan Fund Online Application

The Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) is a non-profit initiative designed to foster the economic growth of small businesses within the San Joaquin County region. It achieves this by offering competitive loan packages to eligible businesses, with the condition that the principal place of business must be situated within San Joaquin County.

Apply for the Revolving Loan Fund

WorkNet Online Application

WorkNet has introduced a new Online Application process for convenience, but it is recommended that applicants visit their local WorkNet to consult with the counselor of the day for pre-eligibility assessment and an estimated timeline. The application process may take 3-6 weeks, with the duration varying based on the applicant's city of residence.

Online Application

Economic Development Association's Business Center

The Business Center of the Economic Development Association is now open! The Business Center will be accessible to the public, providing businesses with a dedicated space for meetings, interviews, and computer usage. Interested parties can book the room by reaching out to the EDA at [email protected]

or calling 209-468-3615.

From Dreams to Reality: Peachy's Food To Go

By Winona Esquivel, Analyst

In the heart of San Joaquin County, an entrepreneurship dream came to life with the help of determination, community support, and a significant boost from the Revolving Loan Fund. Peachy's Food To Go, owned by the passionate Maria Donato, has become more than just a local food haven —it's a testament to the power of small businesses and the impact of strategic financial assistance.

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New Year, New Opportunities: Success at the January 2024 Job Fair!

With 488 attendees, 23 employers, and support from EDD for Veteran and Youth Services, alongside over 350 open positions, we're overjoyed with the turnout. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who made this event possible – your hard work and dedication truly paid off! Let's keep inspiring hope and providing support to those in need.

This Month's Small Business Resources

The purpose of the Green Team San Joaquin is to create a nexus between commerce and environment and to enhance the delivery of Chamber services and to address economic, environmental, and quality of life issues in Stockton and San Joaquin County. Have your business Green Certified through the Green Team San Joaquin and be part of the California Green Business Network.

The San Joaquin County (California) Economic Development Association in cooperation with the Employment and Economic Development Department, Chambers of Commerce and local governments, is a "One-Stop" business resource committed to meeting the needs of development prospects, local businesses and the community. EDA's goal is to encourage and assist business development in San Joaquin County.

SBDC is part of a 40-year national legacy committed to small business success. With unparalleled access to no-cost expertise from entrepreneurs who have seen it all, San Joaquin SBDC provides small businesses with the solutions they seek and the confidence they need to realize their dreams. With a network of seasoned experts, SBDC doesn't just offer advice and resources, they offer a relationship as a trusted advisor you can turn to in good times and bad.

Community Resources

Call 211 for free, 24-hour information on community, health and social services.

211 is for people looking for resources and essential services such as food, housing and homelessness preventions services, utility assistance, healthcare, disaster assistance, counseling, child care, employment programs, and more.

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The first ever San Joaquin County online resource guide, referral and volunteer system built to put resources in the hands of those who need them. From Nonprofits to those in need--and even those who have something to give, Community Connections SJC has the ability to connect us all, in one, simple to use web-based system.

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Their vision is that all San Joaquin County communities are healthy, safe, equitable, and thriving. With a mission to protect, promote, and improve health and the conditions that impact well-being for all in San Joaquin County.

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Our public and private partners help us create and deliver a diversified cooperative to improve employment and economic development throughout San Joaquin County.

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WIOA Resources

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 created a new vision for how America prepares an educated and skilled workforce that expands opportunity for workers and employers alike.

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Current San Joaquin County Job Postings

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