New Report: Perspectives on Helping Low-Income Californians Afford Housing February 9, 2016

In a follow up to California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences, we offer additional evidence that facilitating more private housing development in the state’s coastal urban communities would help make housing more affordable for low-income Californians.


County Economies: California Arguably Doing Better Than Recent Report Suggests January 26, 2016

We discuss a recent National Association of Counties report on county economies.


Dec. 2015 Jobs Report: Continuing Job Growth January 22, 2016

The Employment Development Department (EDD) has released December 2015 preliminary jobs data for California.


LAO Comment: Governor's Revenue Projections January 7, 2016

We provide a comment on the key tax revenue projections in the Governor's initial 2016-17 state budget proposal, which was released on January 7, 2016.


November 2015 Jobs Report December 18, 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and California's Employment Development Department have released preliminary November 2015 jobs data for the state.


Limited Evidence California is Facing New Housing Bubble December 4, 2015

We briefly review the data concerning possible overheating in the state's housing market.


Sept. 2015 Metro Area Jobs Data October 28, 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released employment data for the nation's metropolitan regions through September 2015. Bay Area metro regions continue to be among the nation's leaders in terms of job growth.


Aug. 2015 Jobs Data: California Metro Regions October 5, 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released August 2015 employment data for the nation's 387 metropolitan statistical areas and other metropolitan regions.


2014 GDP Growth: San Jose MSA Leads Western Region September 24, 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released initial data on gross domestic product (GDP) in the nation's metropolitan areas.


Aug. 2015 Jobs Report: California Job Gains Continue September 18, 2015

The state jobs report for August 2015 shows a continuing trend of job growth and falling unemployment rates.


Lower-Income Households Moving to Inland California from Coast September 16, 2015

A look at American Communtiy Survey data shows notable movement of lower-income households from California's expensive coastal metro areas to the state's inland metro regions.


July 2015 Jobs Report: Strong & Weak Sectors Locally August 21, 2015

We look at the July 2015 Employment Development Department regional jobs data to see which job sectors are performing well and which are weak in several areas of California.


May 2015 State and Metro Job Data July 1, 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and California's Employment Development Department have released May 2015 state and metropolitan area job data.


April 2015 EDD Jobs Report May 26, 2015

The Employment Development Department released its preliminary California jobs report for April 2015 on Friday, May 22.


May Revision: LAO Economic Outlook May 15, 2015

Our office's May Revision economic outlook, responding to the administration's economic projections, notes that California's growth recently has outpaced the nation's.