About Us

We serve a diverse county

We have over 1,085,000 residents (as of August  2014) living within 798 square miles, the ninth largest county in the state.

There are 19 cities and 21 unincorporated areas located within three geographically distinct regions.

Our diverse population is 51% Caucasian, 22% Hispanic, 9% African American, 16% Asian/Pacific Islanders and 2% American Indian.

The average household income in Contra Costa County is $62,600.

Our unemployment averages 6%, and 11.1% of our population has income below the poverty level.

Nearly 2,000 Employment & Human Services staff are located in 32 facilities throughout the county near the people we serve.

Last year, we served over 150,000 residents in our county.

As a group, we’re probably pretty much like you

We enjoy watching our families thrive, friendships grow deeper and communities become stronger. Our jobs are meaningful and provide us with the opportunity to offer the highest quality service to the residents of Contra Costa County. We strive to treat all people with respect, dignity and fairness. Our staff includes 35% Caucasian, 29% African American, 21% Hispanic, 15% Asian/Pacific Islander/Filipino.

Bilingual staff provide services in Spanish, Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, Thai, Farsi, Pashtu, Dari, Arabic, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Mien, Tagalog and American Sign Language. Contract translators are available to communicate in other languages.

The majority of our staff is represented by SEIU Local 1021, AFSCME 2700 and 512 and Employees Association, Local 1 and IFPTE Local 21.

During 2013, we conducted over 4,500 hours of training for more than 15,700 participants from the Department and community. We provide technical program training for Workforce Services, Children & Family Services and Adult & Aging Services, as well as professional development classes for all staff.

The Employment & Human Services Department is responsible for a budget in excess of $400 million; 10% is funded by the County and 90% from Federal and State revenues. We administer over 40 programs mandated by federal, state and local governments.