Job Growth in Inland Empire

Inland Empire is the Second Fastest Growing Region in California

According to the San Bernardino Sun, March 19, 2015, the Inland Empire has returned to its place as one of the fastest growing economies in the state, said John Husing, chief economist of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership business advocacy group, at his annual State of the Region address. Husing told the crowd of 400 leaders and members of the business community that the region had recovered the number of jobs it had lost during the recession. Husing also was happy to tell the audience that the Inland Empire, added more jobs than any other area of California, except for Los Angeles. Husing forecasts the region will add about 51,200 jobs this year, with a growth rate of about 3.9 percent. That’s coming after 53,117 added last year, and 51,075 in 2013, he said. The region’s logistics sector, or the jobs related to the warehousing and transportation of goods to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach throughout the Inland Empire, carried the most job growth in the past year, Husing said. He said a strong dollar, while hurting manufacturing because of weak exports, is actually helping the Inland Empire, because increased imports benefit the region’s logistics business with more goods coming through.

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