Job data tracked to lure companies

first_imgUsing data from the state Employment Development Department and looking at non-government jobs, GAVEA’s preliminary study determined there are 61,556 employed residents in the Antelope Valley. Of that total, about 54 percent of those residents head to jobs in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties. An additional 6 percent head off to work in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. About 2,800 residents head off for jobs in Santa Clarita and 10,000 work in the San Fernando Valley. “That’ll allow us to do targeted marketing for companies that already have workers here,” said Vern Lawson Jr., economic development director for the city of Lancaster. “We’re happy to have the numbers.” The one area of the study that calls out for more research, Layne said, was in the area of reverse commuting. The study showed there are just over 41,000 people working at jobs in the Antelope Valley and about 49 percent are from outside of the region. LANCASTER – The Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance is looking to track where the thousands of area residents head off to each morning for work in hopes of finding companies it can lure to the High Desert. GAVEA is hoping for more success stories such as Delta Scientific, a company that makes security devices that are used around the world. The company, originally based in Santa Clarita, first expanded to the Antelope Valley and then opted to move its headquarters to Palmdale. “In my opinion, the businesses most likely to move to the Antelope Valley are the ones who already have employees here,” said Mel Layne, president of GAVEA. “We wanted to map out where those employees are going to. We want to target companies that need to expand, but can’t do it where they are at.” GAVEA also plans to take a look at the surprisingly large number, more than 20,000, of reverse commuters – people driving into the Antelope Valley for jobs. Tapping into those reverse commuters, who are spending their paychecks outside of the region, could be a great economic boost to the region. Antelope Valley residents could be trained to take over those jobs as the reverse commuters retire or move on to other jobs, Layne said. “They have to be highly skilled, highly educated, and well-paid workers,” Layne said. “We want to identify those workers and find out what skills they have.” Layne speculates that many of those jobs are probably aerospace-related. They could involve workers who did not want to uproot their families when their jobs were relocated to the High Desert. Antelope Valley College, a member of GAVEA, has the study, but hasn’t had an opportunity to examine it in depth. “Once we get a chance to take a breath, we’ll look at that data,” said AVC President Jackie Fisher. “We would like a complete picture of the jobs involved and the levels of training involved.” The college has at least four full-time faculty who are reverse commuters. Three of those four are married and have spouses with jobs closer to where they live, said AVC spokesman Steve Standerfer. (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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