Orange County has added about 20,000 jobs overall in the past year, and many OCBC members are among the Top 50 of the county’s largest employers. These jobs creators, including the companies The Boeing Company, Bank of America and UC Irvine, surpassed the local economy in jobs creation, adding 5,500 workers to the county this year. That is a 2.6% increase over last year, and the first gain since 2008.
Topping Orange County Business Journal’s Top 50 Largest Employers list is The Walt Disney Company, with 22,000 employees countywide. Disney added 2,000 employees this year, mainly due to the $1.1 billion expansion to California Adventure theme park in Anaheim.
Many of the new positions are front-line-line cast members, who will provide guest services at California Adventure’s new attractions, restaurants and shops. Other recent attractions that have continued to draw in visitors this year, increasing the opportunity to create jobs, are the World of Color nighttime water and light show, ElecTronica nighttime performances, the new attraction Disney’s Little Mermaid, the opening of Seaside Souvenirs store and the addition of two new restaurants.
Other OCBC members that made the list are:
University of California Irvine, St. Joseph Health System, The Boeing Company, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, California State University, Fullerton, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Wells Fargo, Wal-Mart, Allergan, Edison International, AT&T, Automobile Club of Southern California, Irvine Company, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Safeway, UPS, Edwards Lifesciences, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, First American Financial Corp., IBM Corp., Parker Aerospace, and Toshiba Corp. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.