Inland Empire Adds 9,900 Jobs in November

Data released by UCR’s School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development indicates continued strength in the region’s job market

A photo of a construction worker or a building site.

The construction sector continues to make strong gains in the Inland Empire.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( —The Inland Empire added 9,900 jobs in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to a report released today by the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. This increase builds on the 1,200 nonfarm positions added in October, reflecting continued solid growth for the region.

“The IE’s monthly job gains accounted for nearly three-fourths of the increase at the state level in November, a sign of the ongoing strength of the region’s job market,” said Robert Kleinhenz, director of research at the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. “Many of the job gains are coming from growth in industries that serve local residents and businesses, but the region’s drivers, such as logistics and manufacturing, have also added jobs throughout much of the year.”

In addition, the Inland Empire’s unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in the latest numbers, but this was largely due to a decline in the region’s labor force; although household employment rose by 2,500 this month, 6,600 people left the workforce. Year over year (Nov 2015-Nov 2016), household employment expanded by 2.5% and the local labor force grew by 1.8%.

The Center for Economic Forecasting and Development cautions against reading too much into any single month’s numbers, especially near year’s end. Nonetheless, this month’s employment estimates are another indication the local inland economy is continuing to expand.

The full December report is now available.

* The California Employment Development Department releases its latest estimates of job counts on the third Friday of every month. Each month, the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development will provide seasonally adjusted estimates of employment along with additional analysis of the most recent employment trends occurring throughout Inland Southern California.

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