Home to the fifth largest city in the world’s fifth largest economy, Fresno County is Growing the California Dream.
Our collaborative efforts to grow and diversify Fresno County’s $40.5 billion economy is demonstrated by the job creation experienced since 2010. Between August 2014 and 2018, Fresno County’s unemployment rate has decreased to 6.6 percent from 10.5 percent, with a total of 39,800 non-farm jobs created.
We look to continue our efforts to grow Fresno County’s economy with participation in the Brookings Institute’s Global Cities Initiative, designed to increase international trade and foreign direct investment, and by focusing on our industries that drive wealth accumulation and provide the greatest potential for growth: agricultural manufacturing, logistics and distribution, energy, health care and water technology.
Fresno County reached an important milestone in 2018, surpassing one million in population for the first time. Our population growth is expected to continue, as Fresno County is among the fastest growing in the state, with an estimated growth rate of 6.6 percent between 2019 and 2035, compared to 5.0 percent statewide. This is important when considering that the number one site selection factor for executives when deciding where to locate a facility is workforce. A young and growing population is vital to having a skilled and available workforce.
With the continued growth of Fresno-Yosemite International Airport and as the birthplace of high-speed rail in the United States, Fresno County offers an incredible opportunity to leverage our talent and infrastructure and continue to be the cultural and economic center of California’s San Joaquin Valley.
To learn more about Growing the California Dream, contact Fresno County Economic Development Corporation at (559) 476-2500 or Lee Ann Eager at firstname.lastname@example.org.