LAEDC Report Says Southern California, California, U.S. Economic Recovery is Underway, Stronger Growth in ’12
A separate report shows striking economic and personal ties with Japan
Los Angeles — The economic recovery is under way led by increased international trade and growth in the high-tech sector, entertainment and tourism, according to the 2011-2012 Economic Forecast and Industry Outlook report released today by the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).
The Los Angeles economy “appears to be past the bottom of the recession and is starting up the recovery path during 2011 and 2012,” said LAEDC Chief Economist Nancy D. Sidhu, Ph.D. “Many industries are back in the black and employment is rising in some areas.”
Imports and exports have rebounded around the world. Increased international trade activity in 2011 will benefit the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which both posted strong years in 2010.
Hiring is also expected to grow as well for the region’s tourism and entertainment sectors as a result of increased filming and more visitors to the region, helped by the new convention center hotel at L.A. LIVE.
However, there is little likelihood the housing sector will escape another difficult year, even though 2011 is expected to bring some improvement. Housing activity will only see incremental improvement even though it has improved from the 2009 lows.
California, which had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in 2010 at 12.5 percent, will see employment growth in 2011. However, much like the national picture, California’s jobless rate will remain relatively high, with the LAEDC forecasting an average unemployment rate of 12.1 percent this year and the rate coming down to 11.5 percent by next year.
“We project that the California and U.S. economies will grow moderately in 2011 and 2012,” said Sidhu. “But the recession was so deep, 2011 won’t feel all that good despite improvements in most industries. However, the state is headed in the right direction, and the economy will seem even better by 2012.”
Growing Together report highlights L.A. County’s personal and economic ties with Japan
The LAEDC also released a separate, new report, “Growing Together – Japan and Los Angeles County”. The report describes many of the close ties that have developed between Los Angeles County and Japan, the number one source of foreign direct investment into L.A. County.
U.S. – Japan trade has increased dramatically over the past 50 years jumping from $3.2 billion to $211 billion at its peak in 2000. Japan is the second largest trading partner of the Los Angeles Customs District with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach together handling nearly 25 percent of total trade between Japan and the U.S. The report also documents the growing importance of foreign direct investment in this relationship, reviewing both investments made by Los Angeles area business firms in Japan and Japanese investments in Los Angeles County.
To discuss their investments made in the region, the LAEDC’s Economic Forecast event held at the Los Angeles Marriott on Feb. 16 features a panel of speakers from well-known Japanese companies. Representatives from Honda Motors, Union Bank and Yakult, makers of probiotic beverages, will discuss the significant impact of Japanese companies on the L.A. County economy.
For the full story of the Forecast & Industry Outlook and the first-time LAEDC report “Growing Together – Japan and Los Angeles County.