Economic Growth

Inland Empire Home to Hottest U.S. Job Market in Last 5 Years

As stated in an article in The Press Enterprise, October 11, 2018, Riverside and San Bernardino counties had the nation’s fastest job growth among major metropolitan areas during the past five years, adding 267,600 new workers in 2013-18. Employment in the Inland Empire grew 22 percent in the last five years, best among 51 U.S. regions with populations above 1 million. The I.E.’s much-discussed booming warehousing operations (up 39,600 jobs or 146 percent in five years) supports the ever-changing and growing shopping needs of broader Southern California. Being the region’s “affordable” housing option translates to booming populations in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Thus, construction employment surged 33,000 — or 46 percent — since ’13. Eye-catching growth like that means industries that support daily life also have flourished. Inland Empire bosses in healthcare and social assistance added 41,700 workers, or 24 percent, in five years. The popularity of eating out boosted restaurant employment by 28,700 or 27 percent. And local government jobs — primarily education — increased by 29,500 or 17 percent.

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