State Report Section 4: Economy & Industry

     California’s economy is ranked ninth out of the fifty states with an average annual household income of $61,021. Even though it’s the country’s top agricultural state, only 3% of the state’s population works on farms. The top jobs in the state (18.6%) include work in educational services, health care, and social assistance. A total of 11.8 percent of the work force is in professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services. Manufacturing and retail trade each make up 11.2% of jobs in the state. The top goods produced in the state are computer and electronic equipment including Intel and Hewlett-Packard. California also produces chemical products such as medicines and paint, and transportation equipment such as aircraft, missiles, and cars. The famous Jelly Belly factory can be found in Fairfield, California and produces more than 14 billion jelly beans each year. Farmland covers about one-third of the state. It produces numerous crops such as almonds, apricots, asparagus, avocados, bell peppers, cantaloupes, strawberries, and olives. Milk is the state’s leading farm product, while grapes which are sold fresh or made into wine, grape juice, or raisins, are the number two product.


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