Values correspond to total employment in all industries in a given region
Description of time series:
Average coastal employment in the California Current ecosystem between 2014 and 2018 was substantially above historical levels, with an increasing trend over that period.
Description of gauge:
The gauge value of 90 indicates that coastal employment between 2014 and 2018 for the California Current was higher than 90% of all years between 1990 and 2018.
Extreme Gauge values:
A value of zero on the gauge means that the average coastal employment level over the last 5 years of data was below any annual employment level up until that point, while a value of 100 would indicate the average over that same period was above any annual employment level up until that point.
Coastal employment numbers were downloaded from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ quarterly census of employment and wages, filtered to present only coastal county values using the Census Bureau’s list of coastal counties within each state. Of note is that these data fail to include self-employed individuals. Coastal county employment numbers were then summed within each region for reporting purposes.