San Luis Obispo Business

San Luis Obispo Business


The city of San Luis Obispo is the county seat and center of county government and services. Over 20% of city jobs are in government and the combination of service and retail employment account for 75% of county jobs. The manufacturing sector only makes up for about 6% of jobs. The city’s biggest employer, though, is Cal Poly University, which was named by the National Center for Transit Research, as a “Best Workplace for Commuters,” for giving its employees extra benefits for carpooling, riding bikes to work, lunchtime shuttles, and an emergency ride home program.

Over 87% of the city’s workforce are employed in white collar jobs. The top five employers in San Luis Obispo County after Cal Poly and the County are: Atascadero State Hospital, the California Men’s Colony, Pacific Gas & Electric, and the Cal Poly Foundation. Nine of the top twenty county employers are based in the city of San Luis Obispo.





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