Before Vallejo filed for bankruptcy in 2008 the city had a thriving economy. The current economy is primarily based on business services, retailing and manufacturing. The city also includes jobs at facilities involved in processing farm products, meat packing and flour-milling. Although the U.S. Naval shipyard closed down, ship salvage and repair still provides jobs. Tourist industry jobs are provided by the popular tourist attraction, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park. In addition, the Region 5 of the United States Forest Service is a notable employer.
The major sectors for employment include healthcare, finance and insurance, construction, education, the government and tourism. Management, professional and related occupations provide 31% of the jobs in Vallejo. About 24% of the jobs are in sales and office occupations.
Some of the most popular professions in Vallejo that are primarily filled by college graduates are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, sales managers, financial managers, education administrators, management analysts, pharmacists and medical and health services managers.
Vallejo's largest employers are shown below:
- Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
- Vallejo Unified School District
- Six Flags Marine World
- Kaiser Permanente Call Center
- City of Vallejo
- Sutter Solano Medical Center
- U.S. Forest Service
- California Highway Patrol Regional Office
- California Maritime Academy
- U.S. Postal Service
- Touro University Osteopathic Medicine
- Jeffco/ABC/FBC Paint Company
- XKT Corporation
- Meyers Corporation
Noteworthy data about Vallejo: The cost of living index in 2008 was 152.7 which is very high when compared to the national average of 100. About 21% of the population over the age of 25 has a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2009, the average earnings in Vallejo was $41,000.
Vallejo companies have access to business organizations such as:
The Vallejo Times Herald provides current information about the business activities in Vallejo.