California economy

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Submitted by Escoguy on June 14, 2021 - 6:33pm

When I read this, I almost think real estate is going up more.

Provides some broad context about the powerful market forces which many of us can't alway see.

I've worked as a consultant/employee at some of the largest companies in the region: Sempra/AMN/ and in some critical sectors Defense/Healthcare/manufacturing, but even I'm surprised by the overall health and positive trends which by implication would mean the real estate market is likely more stable than one would initially conclude if we use the 2008 debacle as a benchmark.

From article:

No one anticipated the latest data readout showing the Golden State has no peers among developed economies for expanding GDP, creating jobs, raising household income, manufacturing growth, investment in innovation, producing clean energy and unprecedented wealth through its stocks and bonds. All of which underlines Governor Gavin Newsom's announcement last month of the biggest state tax rebate in American history.

By adding 1.3 million people to its non-farm payrolls since April last year -- equal to the entire workforce of Nevada -- California easily surpassed also-rans Texas and New York. At the same time, California household income increased $164 billion, almost as much as Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania combined, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. No wonder California's operating budget surplus, fueled by its surging economy and capital gains taxes, swelled to a record $75 billion.

If anything, Covid-19 accelerated California's record productivity. Quarterly revenue per employee of the publicly-traded companies based in the state climbed to an all-time high of $1.5 million in May, 63% greater than its similar milestone a decade ago, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The rest of the U.S. was nothing special, with productivity among those members of the Russell 3000 Index, which is made up of both large and small companies, little changed during the past 10 years.

The most trusted measure of economic strength says California is the world-beater among democracies. The state’s gross domestic product increased 21% during the past five years, dwarfing No. 2 New York (14%) and No. 3 Texas (12%), according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The gains added $530 billion to the Golden State, 30% more than the increase for New York and Texas combined and equivalent to the entire economy of Sweden. Among the five largest economies, California outperforms the U.S., Japan and Germany with a growth rate exceeded only by China.

Enlarging its No. 1 footprint with factory jobs, California GDP from manufacturing gained 13% over the past five years to $316 billion in 2020, an increase unmatched by any of the 10 largest manufacturing states: Texas was No. 2 with 9% growth, followed by Indiana at 8%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. For all its bluster as being “best for business,'' Texas can't match California's innovation. California prosperity is rooted in its appeal as a worldwide destination for technology and health-care development. Of the 6,924 corporate locations in the state, 18% are research and development facilities, a ratio that easily beats the U.S. overall (11%), China (15%), U.K. (14%) and Japan (10%). Only Germany, at 19%, has a higher rate, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The percentage of Texas facilities for R&D is less than half California's at 8.2%.

There's more but I didn't want to be so shameless. And FYI, I'm more or less indifferent about Newsom. Was primarily Republican until a few years ago, hope to go back.

Submitted by The-Shoveler on June 15, 2021 - 7:29am.

Yea it seems amazing how hot CA's economy is right now.
IMO SoCal housing still has a ways to run yet (maybe a few more years).

Submitted by utcsox on June 15, 2021 - 9:48pm.


Submitted by svelte on June 17, 2021 - 7:08am.

Clocks a'tickin on free rent...

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