Your Economy—Your Credit Union

During the current COVID-19 crisis, the Leagues are committed to providing relevant economic insight from across California and Nevada to strategically position your credit union.


Los Angeles County:

2021 is a Key Economic Year for Lower-Income Households

Although Los Angeles County’s recovery will gain notable traction in 2021 for lower-income workers, it may take until 2024 for certain industry employment levels to reach where they stood before the COVID-19 pandemic threw local households into an economic tailspin.

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Bay Area:

Outmigration and Vacancies Impacting Economic Recovery

As the Bay Area’s economy recovers, it’s residential and commercial real estate markets continue feeling the bifurcated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: high demand for suburban homes, declining demand for downtown office space and apartments, and the potential for more residents migrating out of city centers.

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Northern Nevada:

Region on a Roll in its Recovery, Although Economic Issues Persist

Northern Nevada’s unique business diversification will aid its economic recovery in 2021 as workers and households experience what other regions are going through: a bifurcated economy with lower-wage employment playing catch-up to the higher-wage, stable workforce.

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Inland Empire:

2021 Economic Recovery Will be Unique, Just Like Local Region

Aided by its unique geography and period in history, the Inland Empire’s economy will outrun other regions in 2021 as jobs are added, businesses reopen or start for the first time, and households and workers continue recovering from last year’s COVID-19 recession.

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San Diego County:

Labor Force Growth to Fuel 2021’s Continuing Economic Recovery

As San Diego County’s economy is poised for significantly better growth in 2021, the local labor force (individuals willing and able to work) is expanding — a positive sign for businesses as many unemployed workers “rejoin” the job market in a vote of confidence against COVID-19’s lingering impact.

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Sacramento County:

‘Near Normal’ Economy by Late ’21, but Unemployment to Remain

The ongoing hit to retail, leisure, and hospitality workers — and future concern for local and state government employees — will continue impacting the greater Sacramento region’s economy as it slowly recovers and starts to return to “near normal” by late 2021.

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Northern California:

Economy One Step Ahead, but Should Focus on Pre-COVID Efforts

Northern California’s continuing economic recovery in 2021 is highly dependent on past years’ wildfire rebuilding efforts that were in play before COVID-19 arrived, as well as fostering a more skilled local workforce and getting the spread of the pandemic under control.

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California:

First-Half 2021: Faster Growth Potential, Yet Slow Return to Normalcy

After slowing in late 2020, California’s economic recovery is expected to kick into higher gear during early 2021 — although much hinges on the state’s reaction to weekly COVID-19 numbers, the vaccine distribution effort, and persistent restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

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Orange County:

2021 Growth Will Lag Other Regions as Recovery Limps Along

Although Orange County’s economic growth will severely lag the state and nation in 2021, the coming year is destined to provide a positive foundation for local businesses, workers, and households as the recovery limps along after the COVID-19 recession in spring of 2020.

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Bay Area:

2021’s Economic Recovery is About Location, Jobs, Housing

Although the Bay Area’s economic recovery will kick into high gear during the first-half of 2021, certain localities within the nine-county region are still playing catch-up in their respective job markets and industries compared to others that are faring much better as of late 2020.

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Southern Nevada:

Select Job Industries to Bridge Economic Recovery During 2021

Southern Nevada’s economic recovery will gain more momentum by late 2021 and finally reach a pace of growth commensurate with what local business leaders and consumers have been expecting. Until then, very select job industries will help bridge the region to fully recuperating from the impact of the COVID-19 recession.

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Southern California:

Economic Recovery to Gain More Momentum in First-Half 2021

Southern California’s economy won’t take another meaningful step forward in its economic recovery coming out of the COVID-19 recession until sometime during the first-half of 2021. As it does so, different counties will recover quicker versus slower depending on employment demographics and other factors.

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Central Coast:

Early 2021 is Pivotal Point for Region to Regain Economic Footing

The Central Coast economy is finally starting to turn a corner as it enters the end of a long 10 months of suffering under COVID-19 and fluctuating statewide government restrictions. In 2021, the first few months remain critical for the job market to take its next meaningful step forward.

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Nevada:

Economy Plays Catch-Up Into 2022 as Recovery Remains Lopsided

Although Nevada’s economy will fully recuperate by mid-2022, a major split is noticeable in the pace of recovery between the northern region versus the southern region where a large concentration of gaming, leisure, and hospitality-related businesses are navigating the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Orange County:

Leisure Industries Remain a Drag on Economic Recovery in 2021

Orange County’s economy will continue recovering in 2021, although the region’s pace is burdened by its above-average concentration in the leisure, hospitality, and tourism industries. Combined with an otherwise robust labor market before the COVID-19 recession, the bounce-back will be bumpy.

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Bay Area:

Mixed Job Demographics to Drive Slow Economic Recovery in 2021

The Bay Area’s economy will continue exhibiting the “haves versus have-nots” storyline in 2021 as higher-wage workers positively cushion the economic fallout from the COVID-19 recession unlike any other region across the state, while their lower-wage peers slowly recover from the brunt of unemployment.

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Ventura County:

Long COVID Recovery Inflaming Already-Weakened Economy

Ventura County’s economy is in for a long slog as it trails behind the recoveries of both California and the United States in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the county’s evolving problems over the past decade, including diminished housing affordability, low-paying jobs, and residential outmigration of younger workers.

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California:

Economy Entering Major Inflection Period as Slow Recovery Drags On

While experts disagree over how fast California’s economy will continue recovering in 2021, late 2020 is a major inflection point as unemployed workers remain unemployed, or readjust into different jobs, or even start their own freelance careers and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic hangover.

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Orange County:

Local Businesses Project Job Growth as Economy Works Through 2021

Although Orange County’s business activity is projecting modest-but-solid job growth over the next 6 – 12 months, local challenges in the labor market and household finances for many lower-income workers will reverberate into 2021 as the economy continues recovering from the COVID-19 recession.

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Inland Empire:

Area's Strength Before COVID to Aid Economic Recovery Into 2021

The pace of the Inland Empire’s economic recovery is wedged between California and the United States as local labor market and housing dynamics that allowed it to outperform other regions before the COVID-19 pandemic bolster its chances of better-than-average improvement going into 2021.

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