Economic Growth

Jobs Report Remarkably Bullish for Entire Inland Empire

According to the Desert Dispatch, April 21, 2017, employment gains are expected in all 21 major sectors for the Inland Empire over the next decade, a study found, underscoring a remarkable optimism that the two-county region can be an economic magnet. A report, prepared for San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board by Chmura Economics & Analytics, showed three sectors in particular leading the way. Health care and social assistance, which grew 7.5 percent and added nearly 65,000 jobs in San Bernardino and Riverside counties between 2011 and 2016, is projected to increase 2 percent annually through 2030. The two other industries expected to perform particularly well during the next 10 years are construction, and professional, scientific and technical services. Manufacturing is anticipated to add more than 22,000 job openings over the next decade, the report said, as such employment continues a five-year pattern of growing at three times the state average and double the national average. “We have what businesses, industries and employers need — land, access to transportation, a great quality of life and, most important, a strong pipeline of workers and job seekers with unlimited potential,” First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said in a statement.

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