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California unemployment rate decreases in March

In data released by the State of California Employment Development Department today, unemployment numbers for March dropped by 0.5 percent over March of 2016. Employment increased to 19,300 jobs in…

Oregon economist looks for moderate growth

Oregon economist looks for moderate growth

STOCKTON — When economist John Mitchell looks at San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, he sees rising home prices, increased construction permitting and rain — and it’s an improvement. “Both the…

California exports start 2017 strong

California exports start 2017 strong

California exporters were off to a strong start in 2017, according to a Beacon Economics’ analysis of U.S. trade statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Foreign shipments by…

Regional economy to remain solid in 2017 but could slow after

STOCKTON — California’s economy is expected to maintain a “solid” 2.6 percent growth this year, say economists with the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the…

Business forecast: Economy still growing but slower; Trump presents unknowns

Business forecast: Economy still growing but slower; Trump presents unknowns

STOCKTON — Business leaders have reason to be cautiously optimistic in 2017, largely because of strong consumer confidence and some positive signs from the global economy, local economists said Thursday.…

Consumer confidence hits 15-year high

WASHINGTON — American consumers are the most optimistic they’ve been since 2001. The consumer confidence index climbed to 113.7 in December, The Conference Board said Tuesday. That’s an increase from…

Business Forecast Conference to address economic, political trends

STOCKTON — Business owners and managers can get their first look at 2017’s economy and projections regarding the political landscape, Jan. 5, during the Business Forecast Conference, presented by the…

Fed raises interest rates

For just the second time in a decade, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter percent Wednesday. It signaled there could be additional increases next year as well.…

San Joaquin County job growth expected to outpace state’s

San Joaquin County job growth expected to outpace state’s

STOCKTON — Look for steady economic growth in California for the rest of the decade. That’s the message from University of the Pacific economists in the California and Metro Forecast…

Exports for Modesto, Stockton companies up

STOCKTON —  Exports for Modesto and Stockton-area companies in 2015 were up 10 percent, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce. In fact, each city…

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