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Strong Demand for Goods; Supply Lagging; Imbalance Keeps Upward Pressure on Prices

Overview The recession is officially over. It ended more than a year ago, but it takes time for the group of economists at the National...

As Economy Lifts Off, Transitory Hiccups in Some Sectors, Inflation Factors to Watch

Overview The parade of robust economic data continues to march onward. The data at the end of the quarter, following the February chill, has been...

Economic Positives Tempered by Risks Like Virus Uncertainties, Debt Worries

One, Two, Three, Cha Cha Cha No, this is not economics by Arthur Murray, but the process for getting the economy back on track is...

Overview of November Ballot Measures

Following are brief summaries of the measures that will appear on the November 3 General Election ballot. When the California Chamber of Commerce has...

To ‘V’ or Not to ‘V,’ That is the Question…

The COVID-19 induced recession of 2020 began with the ferocity of an unexpected tsunami smashing onto the shore—one month the economy was fine, the...

Post-COVID-19 Economy: Case for the ‘V’

Overview: Is Hysteria the New Normal? The good news is that the number of new, confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States has,...

No Slowdown Before the Election Hoedown

U.S. Economic Outlook This year’s Lunar New Year ushered in the Year of the Rat on the Chinese calendar. The past year, the Year of...

Overview of March Ballot Measure

Following is a brief summary of the measure that will appear on the March 3 Primary Election ballot. The reasons for the California Chamber...

U.S., State Economies Show Steady Growth; Political Rhetoric Disconnected from Reality

The Great Un-Recession When we look back at 2019 there will be plenty of negative memories—from the theatrics that have dominated national politics to the...

California Economy Continues Growing; Some Declines Due to Ongoing Trade Wars

Fact Versus Fiction While still savoring the fact that the U.S. economy is in the midst of a record-breaking expansion, attention has suddenly shifted to...

Record Economic Expansion Near; Housing Costs Dampen State’s Dynamism

U.S. Outlook Better Than Expected, But Not as Good as It Looks The stock market sell-off that began at the end of 2018, combined with certain...

U.S. Growth Pace Slowing, Housing Flat; State Solutions Require Urgency, Patience

U.S. Outlook Looking back, 2018 was clearly a solid year for the U.S. economy, with vastly more positives than negatives to reflect on. The nation’s...

Data Showing Balanced Growth Contrasts with Public Pessimism on State of Economy

  The 2018 midterm election is finally behind us, and proved to be just as dramatic as would befit today’s hyper-charged political environment. Moreover, the...

U.S. Economic Expansion Continues, But Growth Surge May Be Temporary

The United States is currently in the midst of the second longest expansion in the nation’s history at 111 months and counting. In July...

Housing Shortage Among Top Challenges for Long-Term Health of State Economy

California Outlook Long-Run Challenges During Times of Economic Gain The U.S. economy has experienced steady growth in recent years, and later this year, the current economic...

Overview of June Ballot Measures

Following are brief summaries of the five measures that will appear on the June 5 primary election ballot. The reasons for the California Chamber...

U.S., State Economic Stability Contrasts with Turmoil on Social, Political Fronts

U.S. Outlook: A Turning Point From a political standpoint, 2017 will go down as one of the most chaotic periods in recent U.S. history, although...