Southern California:

Economy Harbors Local Characteristics as Recovery Continues

The mega-region of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties is key to the entire state’s broader economic recovery as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and businesses, workers, households and consumers integrate back into society and commerce.

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Inland Empire (San Bernardino & Riverside counties)
The Inland Empire Business Activity Index (May 14), published by UC Riverside's Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

The Husing Economic Report (May 11), published by Economics and Politics Inc. (“Inland Empire 2021 Forecast: Anticipating Recovery Potential”).

The Inland Empire Regional Intelligence Report (April 29), published by UC Riverside's Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

The “2021 Real Estate Market Forecast” conference (March 24), hosted by Coldwell Banker Town and Country (with experts from UC Riverside's Center for Economic Forecasting and Development, Beacon Economics, Claremont McKenna College's Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, The Norris Group, Inland Valley Association of Realtors, and others).

Latest local news reports and expert-published analysis:

Los Angeles County
The “Forecast LA” conference series (March 10 – April 15), published by Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles:

Latest local news reports and expert-published analysis:

The Los Angeles Regional Outlook report (in mid-April), published by Beacon Economics.

The Opportunities in Global Commerce: Middle-Skill Jobs at L.A. Basin Air and Sea Ports Report (Feb. 28), published by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and Center for a Competitive Workforce.

Orange County
The Southern California Leading Economic Indicator Report (May 15), published by Cal State Fullerton’s Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting.

The “2021 Spring Economic Forecast” conference (April 21), hosted by Cal State Fullerton’s Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting:

The Orange County Business Expectations Survey (April 15), published by Cal State Fullerton’s Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting.

The Orange County Consumer Sentiment Survey (April 9), published by Chapman University's A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research.

San Diego County
The San Diego 1Q 2021 Economic Snapshot report (May 26), published by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Also, view the video version.

The latest ongoing research and data (ongoing), published by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

The San Diego Regional Outlook report (in mid-April), published by Beacon Economics.

The San Diego's Data Bites report (May 21), published by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (and a more comprehensive/expanded version is here).

The Job Analysts See Positives but There are Serious Concerns report (May 21), published by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. You can also view unemployment rate history, service sector employment trends, total job-change trends, total non-farm labor market trends (geographic breakdown), job and industry breakdown, and research overview (local jobs, priority jobs, priority sectors, and reports).

The COVID-19 Impact on the San Diego Regional Economy (May 18), published by the San Diego Association of Governments.

The San Diego Economy: COVID-19 Impacts and a Year in Review (from mid-March), published by the San Diego Association of Governments.

Southern California
The Casden Real Estate Economic Forecast's 2021 Spring Multifamily report (May 17), published by USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate.

The Regional Job Market Overview report (in mid-May), published by Beacon Economics.

Labor Market Information Division (California EDD)
From the California Employment Development Department:

California Center for Jobs and the Economy
Search by county (Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, or San Diego):

  • Labor market profiles: To see trends in long-term unemployment, employment and jobs, labor force participation rates, population, age and race demographics, education, and industry/business breakdown click here.
  • Economic indicators: To view trends in housing, wages, energy, and affordability index for homeowners versus renters, click here.

Caltrans’ County-Level Economic Forecast
Released in December 2020 by Caltrans (the California Department of Transportation) — structural economic changes and NOT cyclical fluctuations:

  • You can view Caltrans’ economic, demographic, housing, population, job, inflation, and industry breakdown forecasts for each county. Click on the following counties to view local trends and projections from 2021 – 2025: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego. Or you can click here to view all counties.

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