The Inland Empire (RIV/SB MSA) possesses a labor force of over 1.8 million persons. The dominant employment sectors are government/education, retail trade, manufacturing, construction and health services. The Inland Empire’s economy is rapidly transforming from predominantly a household service economy into a diversified economic base that manufactures, exports, and distributes goods and services throughout the world.
Rialto’s labor costs are very competitive when compared to the surrounding counties of Orange and Los Angeles. To avoid long commutes many Inland Empire workers accept wages that are 10 – 15% less than comparable positions in the coastal counties. This labor cost advantage, combined with lower land and operational costs, has attracted many businesses to locate or expand in the Inland Empire.
|Civilian Labor Force (10/08)||45,800||1,843,300|
|Unemployment Rate (10/08)||11.6%||9.0%|
|Education & Health Services||132,600|
|Professional & Business Services||145,600|
|Hospitality & Leisure||129,100|
|Total Civilian Employment||1,259,300|