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Rancho Cucamonga’s emergence as a major inland job center is primarily the result of the out-migration of people and firms to the Inland Empire from the Southland’s coastal counties. As housing, manufacturing and distribution space became more scarce in the coastal counties, people began flocking to the less expensive Inland Empire during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Today, the inland migration of skilled technicians, professionals and executives to high-end cities like Rancho Cucamonga is creating a labor pool that is able to support high technology firms, large professional organizations and regional corporate headquarters.

In recent years, professional, corporate and other office firms have migrated to Rancho Cucamonga due to its available and less expensive, but highly educated workforce. Employees are willing to work for a little less because long commutes to coastal counties take time and energy away from their jobs and families. For positions averaging $70,000 or more in coastal counties, inland workers will accept 9.2% less than in Los Angeles and Orange counties. This creates a powerful incentive for high-end firms to follow their workers into the region. Historically, similar advantages occurred for blue collar firms with Inland workers in positions averaging less than $70,000 earning 2.6% less than those in Los Angeles County and 5.8% less than in Orange County.

From 2000–2010, the number of firms paying payroll in Rancho Cucamonga grew from 2,414 to 3,233; a net growth of 1,092 companies (51.0%). The largest share of the city’s firms are retailers (540, 16.7%), followed by distribution (446, 13.8%), other “consumer” services (440, 13.6%), construction (386, 11.9%), and finance, insurance and real estate (298, 9.2%). Rancho Cucamonga’s firms average more workers than the Inland Empire as a whole. The city’s average for 2010 was 18.6 jobs per firm, versus the Inland Empire’s aver of 9.9 workers per firm.

From 2000-2010, California Employment Development Department data shows that Rancho Cucamonga’s job base went from 42,868 to a high of 67,910 before retreating to 59,991. This was a gain of 17,123 jobs (39.9%). From 2007-2010, the city was impacted by the recession, losing 7,919 jobs (11.7%). The Inland Empire lost
13.4% of its job base during this period. In 2011, unemployment rates began to decrease.

By occupation, Rancho Cucamonga’s residents tend to be among the white collar workforce. In 2010, 33.7% had management or professional jobs compared to 23.6% for the Inland Empire. Approximately
27.9% of residents worked in sales and office occupations versus the regional average of 22.6%. In blue collar occupations, the shares were reversed: 7.1% of city residents had manufacturing and logistics jobs versus the region’s 11.7%, and 6.5% of city residents had construction jobs versus 9.6% in the region. This occupational shift among Rancho Cucamonga’s residents was a direct result of the increasing number of upscale residents
migrating to its higher-end homes. This is reflected in the Inland Empire’s trend toward having better-educated residents.
From 2000-2010, the area added 187,406 residents with Bachelor’s or higher degrees, up 60.0%. These workers are the reason that professional and office operations are starting to migrate to the city and the surrounding region, and that local technology
firms are succeeding

In 2010, retailing (12,624) was the largest employment sector in Rancho Cucamonga due to the city’s large retail areas, including Victoria Gardens. Manufacturing (7,943) was the second largest, despite some slowing. Distribution (7,925) was the next largest sector due to the city’s sizeable base of warehouses, followed by education (5,805) and employment agencies (4,811).


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