About Us

We serve a diverse county

  • We have over 1,161,413 residents (as of 2020) living within 798 square miles, the ninth largest county in the state.
  • There are 19 cities and 38 unincorporated areas located within three geographically distinct regions: East Contra Costa, Central Contra Costa, and West Contra Costa.
  • Our diverse population is 41% Caucasian (not Hispanic or Latino), 27% Hispanic or Latino, 10% African American, 19% Asian, and 3% American Indian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, or another race. 
  • The median household income in Contra Costa County is $103,997.
  • Last Fiscal Year (July – June 2022), our unemployment rate averaged 4.5%. and 7.2% of our population has income below the poverty level.
  • Nearly 1,900 Employment & Human Services staff are located in 39 locations throughout the county near the people we serve.
  • Last Fiscal Year (July – June 2022), we served nearly 350,000 individuals, which represents more than 1 out of every 4 Contra Costa County residents.

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.
  • Bilingual staff provide services in Spanish, Vietnamese, Farsi, Pashto, Dahri, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, American Sign Language, and more. 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.
  • Over the last five years, we have assisted an average of 12,293 job seekers per year and provided individualized career services to an average of 875 participants per year from the Department and community. We provide technical program training for Workforce Services, Children & Family Services and Adult & Aging Services, and professional development classes for all staff.
  • The Employment & Human Services Department is responsible for a budget in excess of $546 million; 6% is funded by the County and 94% from federal, state, and state-funded local revenues. We administer over 60 programs mandated by federal, state and local governments.