Pacific Regional Forecast

Alaska • California • Hawaii • Oregon • Washington

The largest markets for electrical products in this region — Los Angeles and Southern California, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle and Portland, Ore. — are still fairly deep in recession with unemployment rates over the national average. Because of their massive influence on the U.S. economy as a whole, until these MSAs recover, the country won't bust out of the recession. While the housing numbers for all of these markets are still forgettable, there are some sizeable commercial, institutional and industrial projects underway. This region is home to two of the largest hotel projects now being built: the $224.5 million Thunder Valley Hotel in Lincoln, Calif., near Sacramento; and the 1,200,000-square-foot Disney Hawaii Resort in Kapolei, Hawaii. Stanford University is in the middle of a $209.2 million expansion; Kaiser Permanente has approximately $1 billion in hospital projects underway in the Golden State; the Army is building a $563 million hospital at Camp Pendleton, Calif.; and there's a 276,000-square-foot hospital job underway in Salem, Ore.

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
Actual Electricians in thousands
M G C
Pacific 87,190 1,788.0 3,425.3 11,822.5
Alaska 2,150 21.7 78.8 178.2
Anchorage, AK 1,140 2.3 32.4 107.1
Fairbanks, AK 320 0.7 11.6 20.0
California 58,670 1,313.2 2,410.3 8,640.7
Bakersfield, CA 1,770 13.2 58.5 116.9
Chico, CA 220 4.3 17.4 43.9
El Centro, CA 200 2.7 18.3 18.8
Fresno, CA 1,360 25.5 65.4 159.6
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 70 4.4 15.7 13.7
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metro Division 11,850 398.8 582.5 2,392.7
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 18,490 562.1 737.6 3,303.3
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 70 3.7 10.1 17.0
Merced, CA 160 9.2 13.1 25.6
Modesto, CA 770 23.4 25.5 83.3
Napa, CA 360 11.0 10.2 32.5
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metro Division 4,090 87.8 169.0 586.3
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 750 33.5 39.2 165.9
Redding, CA 220 2.6 12.1 36.9
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 5,170 93.9 217.0 634.7
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 4,390 36.0 232.9 472.6
Salinas, CA 350 5.7 32.1 72.5
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 6,250 94.9 217.3 790.9
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 7,760 128.4 301.2 1,259.8
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metro Division 3,670 40.6 132.2 673.5
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,230 155.6 95.9 533.1
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 380 6.2 22.7 58.3
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metro Division 6,640 163.3 155.1 910.6
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 870 13.1 35.7 101.9
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 190 5.4 20.4 53.4
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 960 20.0 26.2 104.6
Stockton, CA 940 21.0 38.1 104.0
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 440 9.0 25.9 68.2
Visalia-Porterville, CA 470 10.8 29.2 52.4
Yuba City, CA 100 2.2 10.6 20.5
Hawaii 2,700 14.2 120.6 381.3
Honolulu, HI 1,930 11.2 93.8 273.8
Oregon 7,460 168.9 283.5 956.4
Bend, OR 410 4.7 8.2 46.9
Corvallis, OR 90 3.4 11.0 15.4
Eugene-Springfield, OR 520 13.8 27.5 87.5
Medford, OR 510 6.4 10.0 50.6
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 4,700 111.4 140.6 582.8
Salem, OR 730 12.4 40.0 74.7
Washington 16,210 270.0 532.1 1,665.9
Bellingham, WA 630 8.0 14.5 31.7
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 1,010 1.9 28.1 27.1
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 610 6.7 17.1 55.4
Longview, WA 150 6.1 5.5 15.4
Mount Vernon-Anacortes,WA 570 4.9 10.7 12.6
Olympia, WA 400 3.2 36.5 33.5
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 6,680 158.2 199.2 863.8
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 8,850 176.8 257.0 1,019.0
Spokane, WA 1,190 16.5 33.0 128.9
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 2,170 18.6 57.8 155.2
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 270 1.4 9.0 18.1
Yakima, WA 220 7.9 16.9 34.4

Metro areas are metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) unless otherwise noted.

Metro Div. — Metropolitan Division NECTA — New England city and town area NA — Not available

Electrician employment for May 2008 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

M — Manufacturing employees for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

C — Commercial account employees (professional and business services, retail trade, financial activities, educational and health services, leisure and hospitality, and other services) for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

G — Government employees for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics