California Economic Data Portal Launched
The California Center for Jobs and the Economy provides an interactive portal that
allows users to focus on and compare data at the regional level.
The California Business Roundtable announced the launch of a new interactive online resource for
accessing and filtering state-specific economic data. The California Center for Jobs and the Economy
(www.centerforjobs.org) allows users to access employment data by region as well as by demographics
and industry sectors.
"The factual data that the Center distributes is going to give California the opportunity to assess
a variety of aspects of the jobs environment and the economy, ultimately allowing for further
understanding of California's business climate," said Tom Conley, Chairman of the California
Business Roundtable, in a statement to the press.
The Center for Jobs and the Economy was created by the California Business Roundtable (a
non-partisan organization comprised of the senior executive leadership of major employers throughout
the state) as a stand-alone 501c(3) corporation with its own governance structure and research
advisory council. Data for the Center's site is compiled from multiple sources, including the U.S.
Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the
California Employment Development Department and the California Department of Finance. Users can
easily compare different aspects of regional economies within California, or regional industry
California has one of the world's largest ten economies overall, and is comprised of
numerous regional economies with vastly differing industrial and demographic profiles. The state is
a national leader in science and engineering industries, employing almost 14 percent of all people
working in these fields and home to three of the six largest high-tech industry clusters in the
United States. However, there are significant differences between Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and
the San Diego area, not to mention the many other areas of the state. The new web portal is intended
to more easily integrate data from multiple sources and permit a closer understanding of regional
trends and variations.
"California is experiencing an uneven economic recovery," said Rob Lapsley, President, of the
California Business Roundtable. "We have developed this site to better understand what Governor
Brown has referred to as the 'two-tiered economy' and also to help policymakers and the
Administration to get a better understanding of California's jobs situation and how it can be