Jobs and the economy are tops on the minds of many Californians. It’s no wonder the California Business Roundtable (CBRT) just launched an online repository of economic data, called the California Center for Jobs and the Economy.
If you want to compare San Diego’s regional economy to the Silicon Valley’s, you can. If you want to search demographics of a region or compare regional industry sectors, you can. Instead of cruising several different sites, you get all of that information, in one central database, at your fingertips.
“California businesses, residents and elected officials are going to greatly benefit from the creation of the Center for Jobs and the Economy,” said Tom Conley, Chairman of the CBRT. “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 understand of California’s business climate.”
The CBRT believes this new tool offers a great visual aid to users. Folks can look at economic trends in the state, as well as get a clearer picture of current policy decisions and their impacts on job creation. The data are broken down by regions, counties, even by State Senate and Assembly districts.
“We have developed this site to better understand what Governor Brown has referred to as the ‘two-tired economy’ and also to help policymakers and the Administration to get a better understand of California’s jobs situation and how it can be improved,” said Robert Lapsley, president of the CBRT.
Let’s face it. Trying to find information about employment numbers and the overall economy can give one a headache. The CBRT believes this database is a one-stop shop for the public, policymakers, business leaders and more. The business group says it will be worthwhile enough that they’ll keep updating the database on a regular basis.
“It has become clearer in recent years that California’s policy makers are suffering from a lack of information with respect to job creation,” said Dr. Michael Shires, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. “Finally we will have a resource to rely on to provide factual, comprehensive, impartial data in a transparent and useful manner that will help us further understand how businesses and jobs are being affected by current policy.”