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Southern California economy faces “uneven” recovery

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Despite having recovered 70 percent of the jobs it lost due to COVID-19, Southern California’s economy will experience an uneven recovery in 2022, according to a forecast. Labor shortages, the ongoing supply chain disruption, equity gaps and inflation will continue to plague the region’s economy during the next 12 months, …

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Holiday shopping season off to a solid start

Nearly 180 million people shopped during the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, according to data released last week. Starting Thanksgiving Day and ending Cyber Monday, 179.8 million U.S. shoppers made in-store and online purchases, according to the National Retail Federation in Washington, D.C. That exceeded the trade association’s prediction for the start …

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California adds 96,800 jobs in October

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California’s unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in October – a year-over-year increase of 2.5 percent – as state employers added 96,800 non-agricultural jobs during the month, according to data released Friday. The state has now regained 64.7 percent of of the 2.7 million-plus jobs it lost in March and …

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Inland Empire manufacturing makes comeback

Inland Empire manufacturing rose sharply in October, despite a labor shortage and other issues that continue to plague the economy. The two-county region’s purchasing managers index last month was 62.3, up from 54.7 in September, according to data released Monday by the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis at …

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Outlook for 2021 holiday shopping season is good

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Despite a few clouds, most notably a labor shortage and dysfunctional supply chains, sales are expected to rise at least seven percent compared with last year. Online shopping and discount cards are expected to get even more popular, but consumers are being told to shop early or risk not getting …

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