The North Bay Employment Connection (NBEC), the Workforce Development Boards for Sonoma, Solano, Lake, Marin, Mendocino and Napa Counties, commissioned a study from Economic Forensics and Analytics, Inc. (EFA) of the six counties and their pre-pandemic trends and potential forecasts for regional employers’ demand for workers, occupational demand for specific types of jobs, and the skills most needed as a result of demand in those occupations.
This study provides data, forecasts, and analyses for workforce development in the North Bay, California. the local changes due to the pandemic is essential for planning the future in the NBEC region. This study also considered what communities are more vulnerable to slower changes in economic opportunity than others and how communities of color (BIPOC) were affected by the pandemic and in what ways workforce development opportunities exist to help these communities. Specific middle-skill opportunities are provided, as well as STEM and soft skills needed for workforce development to proceed in parallel with economic development and to keep up with the changes forecasted through 2025.