Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Overview of November Ballot Measures

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

State Job Growth Outpaces Nation; Inland Lags Behind Tech-Driven Coastal Areas

The Federal Reserve finally moved forward with its plans to begin normalizing interest rates in mid-December by raising the federal funds rate by one-quarter...

U.S. Outlook About to Get Bumpy; State Initiatives Have Tax Implications

  The election that put Donald Trump in the White House in 2017 was a shock to the vast majority of pollsters who were predicting...

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...

Positive Indicators for U.S. Economy; California Growth Outpaces Nation

U.S.: Glass Still Half Full Worries about the U.S. economy have dominated news headlines since the start of 2016. There was weak headline growth in...

California Poised for Economic Growth; Housing Affordability Challenge Emerges

The U.S. economy started off on a down note in 2016, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth slowing to a paltry 0.4%, even as...

Disruption in Washington, D.C. Heightens Economic Uncertainty in California

With the midpoint of the year fast approaching, two distinctly opposing trends have formed in terms of the U.S. economy’s outlook for the year....

Economy Pushes Through Global Turbulence; State Still Among Fastest Growing in U.S.

U.S. economic output has slowed to a crawl over the last three quarters—averaging less than a 1% pace of growth compared to 3% in...

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...

California Economy Maintains Momentum as Ports Bounce Back, Tax Revenues Surge

California’s economy appears to be maintaining strong momentum through the first few months of 2015, even though the state’s economy continues to be impacted...

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...

Uncertain Political-Economic Environment Spawns California ‘Rogue One’ Reactions

Download a print-friendly PDF The political-economic environment went from unsettling in the aftermath of the November election to disruptive when President Donald Trump assumed the...

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...

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...

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...

Worker Shortage, Chronic Lack of Housing Constrain Potential for California Growth

The National Outlook: Cruising Through Rough Waters It may be tempting to interpret the hurricanes pounding the Southeast, major earthquakes in Mexico, bigger bombs going...

Despite Drought, Challenges, California Continues Strong Economic Growth

California continues to enjoy strong overall economic growth, despite continuing challenges from the ongoing drought and global economic slowdown. Nonfarm employment has averaged a 3.0%...