of the Trade
Eastern Madera County (Highway 41) is the most-used entrance to Yosemite,
and the visitation grows steadily, regardless of economic conditions nationally.
In 1991, 3.55 million people visited Yosemite – 1.4 million entered
through Oakhurst and 2 million exited this direction. With the National
Park Service moving to reduce commercial services inside the park as part
of its mission to preserve its pristine beauty, Eastern Madera County’s
economy should reap even more benefits as it strengthens its position.
But government and communications companies also find Eastern Madera County
a compatible place to locate side-by-side with tourism and retail trade.
Just ask corporations such as Sierra Telephone, Boyer Temporary Personnel,
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, and the United States Forest Service,
all of which employ more than 100 workers.
Madera County’s entire labor force is estimated at 44,275, with
unemployment percentages under the national average.
The labor market area, as well as the area of employment, extends beyond
Eastern Madera County.
The latest statistics show a majority of our citizens are involved in
agricultural enterprises, with government jobs ranking second:
There are seven banks in Eastern Madera County to keep
competition for business loans and fees competitive: Bank of America,
Bank of Madera County, The Golden 1 Credit Union, United Security Bank,
Washington Mutual Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and Yosemite Bank.