IE economy

Inland Empire Wage Gains Despite Slow Employment Growth

Jul 17, 2019

Employment growth in the Inland Empire has slowed, but wage gains continue to rise -- that's according to a study released last week by UC Riverside's School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. KVCR's Benjamin Purper spoke with the study's author and filed this report.

Robert Kleinhenz is the Executive Director of Research at the Center for Economic Forecasting. He says the slowing of employment growth in the Inland Empire mirrors that of the state as a whole.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Employment growth is down to a crawl in the Inland Empire, but wages continue to steadily rise and spending remains strong, reflecting ongoing economic strength in the region, according to a report released Monday by the UC Riverside Center for Economic Forecasting & Development.

Employent growth in the Inland Empire has slowed, but wage gains continue.  That's according t a report released Tuesday by UC Riverside's School Of Business.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

The report from UCR’s Center for Economic Forecasting and Development shows that nonfarm employment in the Inland Empire increased by 1.7%, about the same as the state average.

Despite that, though, wages in the I.E. have continued to increase. Earnings in the region grew 2.6% from 2017 to 2018. 

UCR School of Business / UC Riverside

 The Inland Empire rang in the new year with strong economic growth — even outperforming the state's economy. That's according to a new report released Thursday by the UCR School of Business. KVCR's Danielle Fox reports. 


When it comes to job growth, San Bernardino and Riverside counties have done better than the state’s economy for several quarters running.


In this segment, KVCR's Ken Vincent challenges the assertions of John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership,  that California's relentless policy push to replace fossil fuels with renewable sources is making the cost of energy more expensive than other states, and harming the IE's manufacturing economy.


Now, an alternative view to Inland Empire Economist John Husing’s assertions that renewable energy is too expensive for the IE’s economy to maintain a competitive manufacturing sector.  This morning (Tuesday) on the Marketplace Morning Report, host Sabri Ben-Achour talked with a Paula DiPerna, an international consultant who advises businesses and governments on how to plan for and manage climate change impacts.  DiPerna says in the following interview that we can continue to resist renewable energy here in the U.S., and we’ll lose out to the rest of the world.

A new report puyt out by UC Riverside shows that the tech sector has a limited presence in the Inland Empire - and gives some recommendations on how to grow it.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Amtrak has announced it will close it's reservations call center in Riverside, laying off hundreds of employees.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Inland Empire has experienced major economic growth and development over the last five years.  UC Riverside Political Science student and KVCR news intern Ezequiel Ramirez spoke with economist Robert Kleinhenz and community organizer Esther Portillo about the changes underway in the IE.

A pair of new reports shows that California industries could save billions of dollars on their power bills by moving toward greater energy efficiencies, which would help the state comply with the Clean Power Plan.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio has more.

German automaker Volkswagen is setting up shop in the Inland Empire.  The car company announced plans to build a $4.5 million training facility in Eastvale.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

With Ontario International Airport back under Inland Empire ownership, local officials believe the airport is primed for takeoff.  The future of ONT will be the topic of a public discussion tonight [Wednesday] at 5:30pm at UC Riverside's Center for Environmental Research and Technology.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.


A recently-released report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation recommends the government implement policies to make it easier for families to save.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the non-profit's recommendations to encourage financial planning.

The prestigious California Economic Summit will be held in Ontario this week.  The annual gathering of leaders from a variety of California's economic, social and political sectors will be held away from the coast for the first time since its establishment three years ago.  KVCR's Ken Vincent interviews Paul Granillo, the President and CEO of The Inland Empire Economic Partnership, who also is one of the primary organizers of this year's California Economic Summit.  Vincent asks Granillo if and how having the summit here will help the Inland Empire.

The sixth annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast Conference brought economists and business leaders together in Ontario Thursday.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem was there and says experts believe the Inland Empire is in a solid recovery.

A major regional economic forecast conference took place in Ontario this morning, hosted by Claremont McKenna College, and featuringg a range of speakers on topics important to the Inland Empire's economy.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, talks with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the effect of the strong U.S. dollar on the IE's trade-related economy.

What The ONT Airport Deal Could Mean For IE Economy

Aug 10, 2015

The years-long struggle over control of Ontario International Airport may be coming to an end without legal action.  On Thursday afternoon, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and numerous officials appeared at the Inland Empire airport to announce the resolution.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem was there and spoke to Garcetti and  officials from the IE.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the growth and impact of the logistics industry on the IE economy.  Dr. Husing also talks about how the growth in online shopping is affecting the logistics economy.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, describes to KVCR's Ken Vincent how the local logistics industry is turning into a major driver of the IE's economic growth.

Next week, Riverside County will host a "summit" meeting of community leaders and residents of  the San Gorgonio Pass to discuss the future of The Pass communities.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Study: IE A Mediocre Place To Start A Business

Apr 29, 2015

A new study from the online financial firm WalletHub finds the Inland Empire to be something of a middling place to start a business.  As KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports in this story from California News Service,  the IE has some potential for entrepreneurs, but its workforce drags it down.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, concludes his conversation of the past few weeks on how he puts together his annual Inland Empire economic forecast.  This morning, Dr. Husing talks about the impact of the IE's fast-growing logistics industry.

With the California drought in its fourth year, the mild winter, and rising temperatures this spring, ski resorts in the Inland Empire and around Southern California have ended the snow sports season early.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.