Inland Empire Gains 41,000 Jobs in 2016

Region’s yearly gains are among the highest in the state, according to analysis by UCR’s School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development

An aerial image of Inland Empire freeways

The Transportation, Warehouse and Utilities sector had a strong month in December, increasing payrolls by 2,800. Basil D Soufi via Wikimedia Commons

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – The Inland Empire added 8,300 jobs in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, bringing the total jobs gained in the region last year to 41,200, according to a report released today by the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

The center cautions against reading too much into any single month’s numbers, especially near year’s end. Nonetheless, December’s employment estimates are another indication the local  economy is continuing to expand.

“The Inland Empire finished the year on a high note with a yearly gain of 41,200 jobs, the second-largest yearly gain among regions in the state,” said Robert Kleinhenz, executive director of research at the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. “The labor market has tightened considerably in the past year, so job gains in the year ahead may be somewhat smaller, but we expect to see more full-time jobs and wage increases in 2017.”

The Inland Empire’s unemployment rate edged up to 5.6 percent in the latest numbers, which was driven by a minimal increase in the region’s labor force (a gain of 100) coupled with a 1,600 reduction in total employment, as measured by the monthly household survey. However, from a year-over-year perspective, total employment expanded by 35,400 and the region’s labor force grew by 22,100.

The full 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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