Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Inland Empire outpacing California in business establishment growth


Region has more than offset establishment losses from the ‘Great Recession’

The number of new businesses being established in the Inland Empire has vigorously outpaced new business growth in California as a whole, according to a new analysis released today by the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. While it’s well known that the region has experienced the fastest job growth in Southern California for several years now, the analysis was undertaken to reveal what is happening at a deeper level within industries and whether new businesses are emerging in response to the underlying employment trends.

Indeed, they are. The total number of businesses in the Inland Empire grew by 11.1% between 2011 and 2016 (the latest numbers available), far outstripping the 8.6% gain in businesses statewide. Moreover, the 7,182 businesses that have been added in the region have more than offset the loss of nearly 2,000 businesses that occurred between 2006 and 2011 as a result of the Great Recession.

According to the analysis, the Inland Empire’s robust growth in business establishments has been primarily driven by the health care, food and hotel services, construction, and transportation and warehousing industries. Health care enjoyed the largest absolute gain at 914 new businesses while transportation and warehousing experienced the largest percentage increase at 27.1% growth from 2011 to 2016. The establishment growth in all four industries is consistent with patterns in regional employment growth as most of the job growth in the region has come from these same sectors.

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