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For Immediate Release

Job Market Tracker Report 2022 Quarter 1

3% unemployment rate, registered nurses in highest demand.

June 27, 2022

SANTA ROSA, CA – The Sonoma County Economic Development Board released the 2022 First Quarter Sonoma County Job Market Tracker report. The report captures data on current job opportunities and desired skills from job postings in Sonoma County. The report also breaks down most in demand jobs and median salaries of job postings.

Sonoma County’s unemployment rate at the end of the first quarter of 2022 was 3%, a half percentage point down from the previous quarter and three percentage points down from the first quarter of 2021. This is also nearly two percentage points below the State of California’s unemployment rate at 4.8% and a little more than a half percentage point below the United States’ unemployment rate at 3.6%.

The first quarter of 2022, Sonoma County saw 29,609 unique job postings, 2,494 more than the previous quarter. The largest volume of job postings came from the health care and social assistance industry at 3,394 unique job postings, followed by the administrative and support and waste management industry with 3,145 unique postings. Other top industries included retail trade, manufacturing, and professional, scientific, and technical services.

Top posted occupation for the first quarter was registered nurses with an advertised average media salary of $119,188. This was followed by retail salespersons with 1,119 unique job postings and an advertised average median salary of $35,053. Third most posted occupation was for home health and personal care aides with an advertised median salary of $31,372.

The Job Market Tracker report is a quarterly report. The 2022 First Quarter Sonoma County Job Market Tracker report and previous Job Market Tracker reports can be viewed at Additional economic reports available at


The Sonoma County Economic Development Board is a County agency focused on growing a healthy economy by helping businesses in Sonoma County. They provide confidential, no-cost consulting services to businesses seeking to start, relocate, and grow in Sonoma County.