There are seven key industries — all with 100,000+ employees — that represent ~67.5% of the San Diego metro area’s economy, based on data from the US Census Bureau.Here are the top two, with the remainder on our website.
Health care + social assistance 13.6% or 208,979 employees As a county with millions of people, locals look to our healthcare system for support. Many services are provided outside clinical settings to improve community wellbeing and help residents lead healthy lives.
Professional, scientific + technical services 12% or 183,757 employees This sector encompasses many of the jobs that help San Diego get recognized for advancing our body of knowledge and improving productivity. Many companies fall into this category — from the engineers at Sempra Energy to the developers at Qualcomm.
💼 The major players
Now that we’ve established the major industries, we bet you’re curious for specific names. Whether you’re job hunting (or just “casually prospecting”),here are three of our top employers — with the full top 10 on our website.
UC San Diego 35,802 employees | Education + health care | Search jobs As one of the major universities + healthcare systems in our county, UC San Diego employs thousands of locals. Opportunities range from medical services, to research, to administrative specialties.
Sharp Healthcare 19,468 employees | Health care | Search jobs As a local healthcare leader, Sharp offers medical services including urgent care + specialized treatments. Open positions range from doctors, healthcare administration, and insurance specialists.
County of San Diego 17,954 employees | Government | Search jobs The County of San Diego is a local government employer with positions spanning many fields that help our region go ‘round. This includes employment in mental health services, correctional facilities, and infrastructure maintenance.
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San Diego City Councilvoted to ban styrofoam items like food containers, utensils + toys — effective April 1, 2023 — though businesses earning under $500,000 annually will have a 12-month exemption. In 2019, a similar ordinance was passed, but a lawsuit prevented it from being enforced. 🥡 (sdnews.com)
Mission Bay’s Tecolote Shores North park reopened after being closed for upgrades for 16 months, and city officials swung by for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday. The $3.8 million renovations include playground + fitness equipment, ADA-compliant pathways, and enhanced landscaping. 🌳 (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Happy 21st to In-N-Out Burger. The SoCal-based chain opened a new store in the neighborhood of Palm City, expected to serve the surrounding communities. The location at 1093 Outer Rd. is the eighth in San Diego City limits, and lucky number 21 in the county. 🍔 (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Fewer single-family homes are being sold in San Diego County. According to the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors, 1,188 single-family homes were purchased in October — decreasing19.8% from September and 42.8% compared to October 2021. 🏡 (Times of San Diego)
New community signs in Ramona are in the works. Metal artist Leslie Souza drafted three designs incorporating vineyard themes, and the project is now in the funding stage. When completed, two signs will be along State Route 78 at the Julian + Escondido entrances while the other will be over 10th Street. 🪧 (Ramona Sentinel)
Padres Joe Musgrove and Tim Hill helped stuff1,000+ turkeys into the hands of families in National City. Recipients were from 10 schools in the National School District, and the effort was organized by the MLB team and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. 🦃 (Fox 5)
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We see you, Liberty Station — and you’ve probably seen the “Greetings from US Naval Training Station” mural before. Next time you’re there, take a look behind the artwork and you’ll find a message:
“Anchors away! Spending the day at Liberty Station, Wish you were here!”
Now, the public art display at North Promenade is truly postcard-ready, all you need to do is snap a picture + make your non-local friends jealous. The update comes from the artist duo Greetings Tour, the same couple who originally painted the ”Greetings” mural in 2016.
⚓ 2825 Dewey Rd.
Pro tip: Make a trip out of it and check out the new display while you “Salute the Season” at Liberty Station — the Rady Children’s Ice Rink is already open.
Today’s issue was written by Michael.
Editor’s pick:Good morning, San Diego. It’s Thanksgiving week, but if you’re like me, you still have a long list of groceries to purchase. I love stopping at Charlie’s Best Bread in Pacific Beach before I (literally) break bread with friends + family. It sells amazing dinner rolls that always impress, and I treat myself by getting a scone to share — they’re as big as my face.
And about that quiz, Walmart is the largest employer globally.
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