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Commute drives SJ economy
106,200 cross county line to get to work
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San Joaquin County roads are filled with 106,200 commuters every work day who cross county lines to get to work. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Go West, Manteca breadwinner, go West.

The clarion call of bigger paychecks on the other side of the Altamont Pass accelerated during the first decade of the 21st century as the ranks of San Joaquin County residents commuting out rose 32 percent.

While commuters also went north, south and east the lion’s share headed west. Nearly 6 out of every 10 residents who looked beyond county borders for work or better paychecks headed to the Bay Area.

Altogether, 106,200 commuters are either headed out or into San Joaquin County to work on a typical weekday.

Those tidbits are part of a snapshot of San Joaquin County commuting provided in a regional analyst by the University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business Forecasting Center. The data was gleaned from the 2010 Census.

The exodus and influx also includes those seeking a higher quality of life and a lower cost of living.

•Alameda County is the No. 1 destination with 26,365 westbound commuters while 1,735 Alameda County residents do the reverse commute.

•Rounding out the top 10 counties for commute destinations are Santa Clara (8,800), Stanislaus (8,785), Sacramento (7,695), Contra Costa (5,330), San Francisco (2,835), San Mateo (1,805), Merced (520), and Calaveras (260).

 •The top county where inbound commuters come from is Stanislaus at 17,820 commuters. Then it is Sacramento (8,455), Calaveras (3,245), Merced (2,015), Contra Costa (1,895), and Alameda (1,735).

•The No. 1 job among incoming commuters is construction. Those workers account for 14.1% of the incoming commute and hold 28 percent of all construction jobs.

•Construction is the No. 1 job that people leave San Joaquin County for at 15% of the workforce.