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UCR Jobs Report Shows Growth in Inland Empire

UC Riverside News
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Earlier this month, a group of professors from UC Riverside released a report on Good Jobs in the Inland Empire.

The findings were released by the Center for Social Innovation at UCR, with the report's goal being to start the conversation around how to better quantify and understand good jobs in the Inland Empire.

Michael Bates is an Assistant Professor of Economics at UC Riverside and was one of the report's authors. He said, "Sort of the good news is that a lot of that job growth was concentrated in these good high education jobs. Sort of the flip side of that is the lowest category of growth was among good jobs for people who don't have a bachelor's degree."

He was speaking on how the job market was before the pandemic. The report defines good jobs according to earnings, provision of benefits, and weeks and hours of work.  
Professor Gates added, "Switching to the recovery, we're starting to see some early signs that are positive. For instance, job postings are recovering and actually in the Inland Empire; specifically, we saw continued growth of postings for people that don't have a college degree."

According to data in the report, 30% of Inland Empire residents fall under their definition of good jobs, with only 22% of that group being Latino, despite making up more than 50% of the IE population.

If you'd like to read the report and findings, CLICK HERE.

Jonathan Linden is a reporter at 91.9 KVCR in San Bernardino, California. He joined KVCR in July 2021 and had previously interned for the station in the Spring of 2019. Outside of KVCR, Jonathan also interned for KALW in San Francisco, KFI in Burbank, and Radio HCJB in Quito, Ecuador.