Business and Industry

Business and Industry


Over one hundred years ago, Paso was considered a world class health resort. First it was the mineral spring waters and today it’s the wine that draws visitors to Paso Robles. Tourism has been exploding with the growth of the Paso Robles wine industry. Since 2000, the number of wineries has more than tripled due to the number of young boutique and family-owned operations appearing in the area. In San Luis Obispo County, wine grapes are the biggest agricultural money makers by a wide margin over strawberries, broccoli, cattle and calves, vegetable transplants, head lettuce, cut flowers, indoor decoratives, cauliflower, and leaf lettuce, which round out the top ten.

Wineries are not the biggest employers in the area, however. Service jobs make up the bulk of employment in Paso. And with 11% of the San Luis Obispo County population, Paso Robles has 53% of the manufacturing jobs and 19% of the county’s retail sales jobs. In 2008, 14% of all new homes in the county were built in Paso Robles. Until the recent recession, Paso Robles had robust growth which has declined but at a slower rate than most other California cities.



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