2/2015: California Nonfarm Jobs Up 29,400 March 20, 2015

According to preliminary data from the state's Employment Development Department, California's official unemployment rate fell to 6.7% in February 2015, down from a revised 7.0% in January.

Local Housing Facts March 17, 2015

This post provides metro specific summaries of our analyses from California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences.

Film and TV Production Employment Data March 12, 2015

January declines in film and television production jobs are likely to be reversed in upcoming February data.


2014 CA Price Inflation Above U.S., But Still Low February 7, 2015

Consumer price index (CPI) data for all of 2014 is now available.

Broader Unemployment Measure Improves, Still Higher Than Before Recession February 5, 2015

We consider California's "U-6" unemployment rate, a broader measure of labor force underutilization than the official "U-3" unemployment rate.

Effects of L.A., Inland Empire on CA Unemployment February 2, 2015

We consider how the elevated unemployment rates in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties affect the statewide unemployment rate.

Initial 12/14 Jobs Report: Modest Growth to End Solid Year for State January 26, 2015

The state's Employment Development Department released its first report, to be revised later, on December 2014 job growth in California.

U.S. Price Inflation Very Low Now January 17, 2015

Inflation in the U.S. economy was very low in late 2014, and further drops in prices are possible in early 2015. We discuss both the risks and benefits of low price growth.

Californians Spend More of Their Income on Housing December 17, 2014

Across the state, Californians spend more of their income on housing compared to residents in other states' metropolitan areas.

California Is the World's Eighth Largest Economy December 4, 2014

California's economy ranks among the largest on earth. As of 2013, it was larger than some of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized economies, such as Canada and Italy.