ECONOMY & INFRASTRUCTURE
Why is this important?
Broad opportunities for employment and strong infrastructure such
as housing, transportation and water and sewer are major factors
in creating a healthy economy.
What is the measure?
The indicators selected cover the following: retail sales, the diversity
of business and industry in the county, employment/unemployment,
income, tourism, land use, housing, infrastructure, transportation
How are we doing?
For the most part, the changes are favorable. Retails sales continue
to grow, and in 2006, the percent change in retail growth exceeds
the state rate for the first time since 2002.
Two key employers, Sonora Regional Medical Center and the Tuolumne
Band of Me-Wuk, grew over the past two years. Manufacturing jobs
continue to decline.
Tourism spending continues to grow, primarily from international
Changes in the housing market resulted in an increase in the number
of homes priced at $300,000 or less. And it appears the gap between
median household income and the median home price is shrinking.
Pavement condition and ongoing maintenance of the county road system
continue to be major concerns.
Broadband communication penetration grew from 12% of households
in 2005 to 55% in 2007.