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In this episode of Issues & Ideas: Learn how the San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council is helping local residents better prepare for fire.

Also, hear about REACH, which is the new iteration of the Hourglass Project, a year-old "action tank" focused on forming a viable plan to create new jobs and economic development across the Central Coast. 

Risks, rewards and robots: The future of work in California

Jan 3, 2020
CalMatters

Are robots coming for California’s jobs?

In today’s increasingly automated economy, that’s certainly the fear. Technology has always generated economic churn, destroying some jobs and creating others. Already advances have generated a whole new sector of “gig” employment, and deeply disrupted other workplaces, from brick-and-mortar bookstores to newspapers to travel agencies.

californiacensus.org

The U.S. Census Bureau is on a hiring spree, and scrambling to find enough temporary workers in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties to help complete the 2020 Census

For many individuals the Central Coast is a place to thrive and enjoy economic success, however the Central Coast economy is not working for all. Reports suggest residents are struggling to get by, let alone get ahead, with 86% of our workforce population believing that our young people today will not be able to live here when they grow up. To address these concerns The Hourglass Project was created to bring together industry, academia, and policy makers across two counties and twelve cities to address issues that hold our region back such as housing affordability, infrastructure, talent development, and job creation.

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San Luis Obispo County is preparing for an imminent employee strike. Members of the SLOCEA union plan to strike Tuesday, and potentially continue through Friday. The county and union have not been able to come to an agreement over current and future wages and benefits, and while the strike is expected to happen, what’s not certain is who will strike and what all will be affected.

Broadcast date: 8/9/18

The job market in SLO is challenging. Much of the workforce is ‘underemployed’ and the county was recently ranked the sixth most unaffordable place to live in the United States. While tech jobs in SLO have increased 20 percent in last five years according to California Center for Jobs and the Economy, due in large part to the bustling startup scene and larger tech firms moving into the area like Amazon, local tech firms have found it challenging to source local high-skilled workers.

Charles Krupa/AP Photo, File

California’s unemployment rate remains at a record low of 4.2 percent in the latest jobs report. But a closer look shows 2018 has not exactly been a banner year for the state’s labor market.

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Position summary:  Serves as weekday midday announcer/producer and master control operator during on-air shifts.  Produces local issues programs. Files daily news reports and features. Assists and fills in for News Director.  Works under the supervision of the Program Director and the News Director.  Receives some assignments from the Operations Manager.  This is a full-time position. The pay is commensurate with experience, with a cap of $40,000/yr. Open until filled. Instructions to apply are below.

Job Description
Weekend Announcer/Producer - KCBX

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This position has been filled.

Basic Function

The News Director (ND) leads the planning, production and presentation of news. The ND supervises news staff and contributors. The ND also serves a community engagement function to connect with and inform the KCBX audience.

The ND reports to the program director and works in cooperation with station staff to support the station’s on-and off-air community information efforts. The ND assists with news programming decisions and news operations.

As of 7/25/16, the application period for this job is closed.

Position Summary:  Serves as weekday morning announcer/producer and master control operator during Morning Edition.  Writes and reads morning newscasts.  Assists and fills in for News Director.  Works under the supervision of the Program Director.  Receives some assignments from News Director.  This is a part-time (25 hours per week) position, Monday-Friday 4:00-9:00 a.m.  The pay is $17 per hour. Send cover letter, resumé and audio samples of recent work to jobs@kcbx.org.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

Hundreds of workers set to be laid off by closing grocery stores on the Central Coast will get help later this week and next in finding new jobs. 

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College students looking to land a job in Silicon Valley are off to a good start if they attend either Cal Poly or UC Santa Barbara.

Source: EMSI QCEW and non-QCEW Employment 2014.3

A jobs report released this month shows San Luis Obispo County is challenged when it comes to the number of high-paying positions available.

Last year, the SLO County Workforce Investment Board partnered with BW Research Partnership, Inc. to conduct a study on the local economy.

The report found the county has had a strong recovery in terms of total employment, exceeding the numbers of neighboring Central Coast counties.

USDA photo by David Kosling

Local jobs and businesses are being affected along the Central Coast as a result of the lack of water available this summer. But just how much the drought plays a role in any economic hardship is difficult to quantify currently because business owners are reluctant to share that information.

When the State of California issued a drought emergency back in January, it set into motion a number of projects to help those affected. Counties for instance are tasked with sending monthly reports to the state detailing jobs lost and business hardships directly due to a lack of water.

The state Employment Development Department said Friday that California gained more than 24 thousand jobs in June, with education and health services seeing the largest increase. The state's construction industry saw the weakest growth. 

Olga Hernandez is a research analyst for the department and says the unemployment rate is measured by the number of people who are not actively part of the labor force and who receive unemployment insurance.

Randol White

San Luis Obispo County's economy is looking pretty good according to the latest report delivered Friday morning in Paso Robles by an economic team out of Los Angeles.

"Jobs are up, incomes are up, production is up, housing prices are up, credit is standing. When you add it up, everything is going in the right direction," said Chris Thornberg, considered one of California's leading economists and the founding partner of Beacon Economics.

Central Coast sees more good jobs numbers for April

May 16, 2014

The latest unemployment numbers from the state of California show the Central Coast continues to have among the lowest unemployment rates in the state.

San Luis Obispo County's April jobless rate was 5.2 percent, while Santa Barbara County came in at 5.4.

Raymond McDonald is with the Santa Barbara County's Workforce Investment Board and cautioned that these numbers are new and will be adjusted over time, but he says it is encouraging to see numbers return to pre-recession levels.

Wave energy, business incubators, local events

May 16, 2014

GUEST:

Mike Manchak, President and CEO for the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), a non-profit working to generate jobs, promote start-ups, and increase investment throughout SLO County.

TOPICS:

  • Potential Wave Energy Projects are being considered for the central coast from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo
  • Business incubators are starting to spring up, including a new one in Goleta.
  • Business-related events coming to the Central Coast in the coming weeks.

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Santa Barbara County job fair series

Mar 24, 2014

A series of job fairs are coming to Santa Barbara County as local leaders work to improve the county's unemployment numbers.

The Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board and the California Employment Development Department will launch the effort this Thursday at Santa Barbara's Westside Community Center from 11a-3p.

A Lompoc job fair will be held on May 1 at the Veterans' Memorial Hall from 1-4p. The Santa Maria version is scheduled for June 12 at the Veterans' Memorial hall from 1-4p.