The Sonoma County economy is getting national attention for its signs of strength and growth.
Sonoma County’s economy was 10th in the nation in job growth, according to a report by the Milken Institute. The county ranked first in economic growth for beverage product manufacturing, because of the strength of the local wine industry.
The tech sector is another area where Sonoma County shines. The county ranked 21st in the nation for tech diversity, a measure of how many different tech sectors in a community have higher rates of employment compared to the nation. Out of 19 sectors, Sonomay county had eight more sectors than the national rate. The San Jose/Sunnyvale metro area, the nation’s best performing community, had 14.
Small businesses are also thriving in Sonoma County. They provide about 49 percent of the county’s jobs. Small business income contributed to 14.2 percent of the county’s total personal income growth, compared to 7.7 percent for the nation.