Job Growth

The Inland Empire is Leading California in Job Creation

According to The Press-Enterprise, March 7, 2018, California is outperforming the nation in job growth, and the state’s inland regions are leading the way, according to the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast. The report shows that the Inland Empire, San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento are outpacing some of California’s tech-heavy regions, which traditionally see the bigger job gains. California employment hit an all-time high in January with more than 16 million nonfarm payroll jobs, the forecast said. The study’s charts show that the Inland Empire is the state’s biggest job creator. In December 2017, the two-county region posted year-over-year job growth of 3.4 percent. The nation’s job growth was 1.5 percent. California’s biggest employment gains have come in health care and social services, as well as leisure and hospitality. Inland Empire economist, John Husing, said much of the region’s construction activity involves the building of roadways, other transportation projects and massive e-commerce centers. “Almost all of the e-commerce centers in Southern California have been built out here because they are big and require a lot of land,” he said. “Amazon has more than 16,000 employees in the Inland Empire. They have 10 e-commerce centers out here now and they’re in the process of building two more.” Husing said the region’s logistics sector — which includes wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing — is the Inland Empire’s biggest job creator. The forecast predicts that California’s employment base will expand by 2.2 percent this year, 1.7 percent in 2019 and 0.9 percent in 2020. Home building is expected to accelerate to about 138,000 units per year by the end of 2020.

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