Home Sales Update: October 2020 November 24, 2020

California home sales have rebounded strongly from spring slump.


October 2020 Jobs Report November 21, 2020

California recovered 145,000 jobs in October.


Income Tax Withholding Tracker: November 16 - November 20 November 20, 2020

Income tax withholding this week kept pace with the same week in 2019, and collections since late March are 3.5 percent above 2019.


U.S. Retail Sales Update: October 2020 November 17, 2020

U.S. retail sales grew modestly in October. Total sales January-October 2020 were just 0.1% below January-October 2019.


Card Spending Update: October 2020 November 12, 2020

Credit/debit card data suggest CA taxable sales continued to grow in October but still remained slightly below January.


Income Tax Withholding Tracker: November 2 - November 6 November 6, 2020

Withholding this week was up 6 percent from the same week last year, pushing the cumulative gain since late March to 3.5 percent.


California New Business Creation: October 2020 November 6, 2020

Creation of new businesses in California remained very strong in October. 


Building Permits Update: September 2020 November 3, 2020

California records nearly 10,000 housing permits in September, the highest monthly total to date this year.


Home Prices Update: September 2020 November 2, 2020

California home prices are on the rise despite the pandemic.


2nd Quarter 2020 Personal Income Report October 23, 2020

California personal income surged in the 2nd quarter due to transfer payments, but other income categories dropped sharply. 


Snapshot of the California Economy: September 2020 October 23, 2020

After months of rapid rebound, the recovery of the state economy has been less pronounced recently.


Weekly Unemployment Claims Update: October 4 - October 10 October 19, 2020

Observations on this week's unemployment insurance claims data.


California New Car Sales: August 2020 October 16, 2020

New vehicle registrations have rebounded from record lows in the spring, but remain below pre-recession levels. 


Why Are Home Sales a Useful Economic Indicator? August 23, 2018

This post discussed why those interested in monitoring the state's economy should watch home sales. 


Why Are Unemployment Claims a Useful Economic Indicator? July 24, 2018

This post discusses why those interested in monitoring the state's economy should watch unemployment insurance claims.