There’s a flip side to Santa Cruz County’s housing shortage. Wages here are relatively low. That’s a big reason why many can’t afford to rent or buy homes. We hear about trends in jobs in our county. And we hear from Hector Juarez and Cynthia Chase, two Santa Cruz residents with similar dreams, and how our local economy has shaped their lives.

Santa Cruz resident Hector Juarez works 70-plus hours a week as an Uber and Lyft driver. (Kara Meyberg Guzman — Santa Cruz Local)

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Kara Meyberg Guzman is the CEO and co-founder of Santa Cruz Local. ​Prior to Santa Cruz Local, she served as the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s managing editor. She has a biology degree from Stanford University and lives in Santa Cruz.

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Stephen Baxter is a co-founder and editor of Santa Cruz Local. He covers Santa Cruz County government.