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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:

Agriculture 26.5%
Government 19.3%
Retail Trade 14.6%
Manufacturing 13.9%
Services 13.0%
Construction/Mining 5.0%
Transportation/Public Utilities 2.6%
Wholesale Trade 2.6%
Fire/Insurance/Real Estate 2.0%

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.



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