Business, Jobs & Labor Market

Listed below are government resources available to help with your job search and with starting and maintaining a business.  The library periodically offers job searching workshops and business development seminars so make sure to check the OPL calendar regularly for upcoming programs. 

Job Searching & Labor Market

U.S. Department of Labor Job Statistics

The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a large amount of information on employment and wages by occupation, including career information, employment levels and projections, and various types of earnings data. This page links to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Career Outlook, as well as pages on Occupational Employment Statistics, Wages by Area and Occupation, Employment Projections, and Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities. 

California EDD Quick Statistics Overview

Access data and statistics from Educational Development Department (EDD), including data on the various EDD programs such as Unemployment Insurance and Disability/Paid Family Leave Insurance, Job Services, Labor Market Information, and Payroll Taxes. 

CalJOBS from the California Employment Development Department

The site provides information for all job seekers and is organized by services for people with Disabilities, Seniors, Veterans, and Youth, and more.  

Quick links provide access to jobs searches and a resume builder. Under Job Seeker services, users can search job openings by state, company name, and area of interest.  You will also find resume tools to help with your resume, links to salary information, and information for filing unemployment claims. 

To search for jobs

  • Click on Find a Job and open Job Seekers services tab on the left side of the page.
  • Click on Find Job Openings   
  • Search by keyword or by occupational group. If you’d like to search jobs by location, choose Area Selection (California is a default). You may also choose to search a new area to find job listings in another state. 
  • Once your state is selected, you may choose to filter by county, city, zip, or major metropolitan area.
  • Click on the city where you’d like to work.  This will tell you which companies are recruiting in your particular area and where you will find individual job listings.  


This site is maintained by the State of California Employment Development Department and provides information on jobs by region, average salaries by job, and more.  This is a good site to search if you’re trying to determine what type of job is best for you. 

To explore career options:

  • Click on the Jobs icon at the top of the page.  This will take you to a section where you can take a self-assessment, explore how much money you need to make to maintain your lifestyle, and explore career options searching the California Occupational Guides, or find job fairs and workshops.   


This site lists jobs available with the federal government.  You can search by Job Title, Agency Name and/or Salary Range, and Close Date.  Click on the Search button to begin searching by location. 

Starting and Running a Business

Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC)

The ACSBDC offers free counseling and a variety of business seminars throughout the East Bay to help you start and maintain your business.  Many of the classes offered through the Oakland Business Assistance Center are provided by the Alameda County Small Business Development Center.  The website also contains information on obtaining licenses and permits, sample business plans and tips for writing your own plans, hiring employees, business forms, insurance, taxes, and marketing.

Oakland Business Assistance Center

The Oakland Business Assistance Center is a one-stop information and referral center for business owners and those wishing to start a business in Oakland, California. Containing a wealth of information, this site includes information about financial and legal help for your business, classes, and events to help you start and grow your business. 

To learn more about starting your own business:

To find information about obtaining an Oakland business license:

The physical center is located at 270 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.  The center has a computer available for doing business research and full-time staff members are available to help navigate city government and to provide referrals to help business owners and prospective business owners. 

IRS: Small Business and Self-Employment One Stop Resource

This website has a lot of information for helping you to start and manage a business and to find resources for business taxes.  The link above will take you to the Small Business and Self Employed Tax Center where you will find forms and publications for taxes and tax information for starting, operating, and closing a business.  You can find numerous videos and podcasts to help you better understand business taxes in the IRS Video Portal. To access business videos on the portal click on IRS Video Portal in the Online Learning section, then on the Businesses tab. The various topics covered are listed in the menu on the left, including The Small Biz Workshop, a series of nine interactive lessons to help small business owners understand their tax rights and responsibilities.  

More information can be found by searching for Starting a Business on the IRS homepage, The search results will link you to pages where you can take a short survey to determine if you’re ready to start a business and a checklist to help you with your business planning among many other resources.  

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is another great resource to help with your business planning. Hover over sections on planning, launching, managing, and growing your business to see links for help with writing a business plan, securing SBA backed loans and grants, hiring employees, and importing and exporting. Additionally, the SBA has numerous online courses that you can access through the Learning Center tab at the top of the page. 

The SBA also has a quick Readiness Assessment for you to use and see if you're ready to start your business. 

Find loans and grants by...

  • Select Funding Programs from the main menu dropdown
  • Choose an icon to further your search by selecting one of the following options: Loans, Investment Capital, Disaster Assistance, Surety Bonds, and Grants. 

California State Contracts Register

This site allows you to search for contracts, view past purchases, and see current bid opportunities in California and to view statewide contracts and a list of certified firms. 

Contracting with the Federal Government

This site provides contract opportunities with the federal government and links to contract data reports, contract opportunities, wage determinations and federal assistance, including the CFDA Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance which lists all of the federal programs available to state and local governments, organizations, institutions, groups, and individuals. Click the CFDA Quick Start Guide to see how to search the database.  

The Main Library has a print copy of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance in the Ready Reference section.  Please ask a librarian for assistance. 

EDGAR (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) Database

The Securities and Exchange Commission requires quarterly and various filings from companies doing business in the United States.  You can access these filings free of charge in the EDGAR website.  Click on Search for Company Filings, then enter the name of the company for which you would like information. 

You will also find an EDGAR tutorial at the above address, which will give you tips for searching the site.