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Despite a sold economy, a lot of people aren’t spending much

Record sales for holiday retail

Two thirds of Americans say they’ve cut back on their spending because they’re concerned about the economy, while nearly 50 percent said they’ve put some “life plans” on hold for the same reason, a major U.S. financial institution has reported. Thirty-five percent say they have taken money out of their …

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California’s job growth continues.

hiring prospects

California added 58,100 non-agricultural jobs in January, enough to account for 16.5 percent of the nation’s job growth, according to data released March 8. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2 percent during the first month of the year, up from 5.1 percent in December and from 4.5 percent …

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Inland manufacturing was solid in February

Manufacturing in Inland Empire

Inland Empire manufacturing continued to bounce back in February, posting a purchasing managers index of 52.1. That was the second consecutive month the index was above 50 – January’s index was 54.8  – so if March comes in at 50 or better, manufacturing in Riverside and San Bernardino counties will …

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Retail performs well in January

Money Growth Chart

U.S. retail sales are off to a good start in 2024. Total sales, not counting automobiles and gasoline, in January were essentially unchanged month-over-month and were up 2.3 percent compared with January 2023, according to the National Retail Federation. “January sales continued the strong performance of retail sales in December, …

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State exports drop slightly

State exports drop slightly

California’s share of U.S. exports was essentially unchanged in December – 8.9 percent – compared with the previous two months, according to a report released Feb. 7. The state’s s export trade during the final month of last year was worth $14.883 billion, down 2.2 percent year-over-year, while exports of …

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