Area Development Magazine named the Visalia-Porterville-Tulare MSA as one of the 100 leading locations for 2017, the only Central California county to make the list. Area Development ranks all 394 MSA’s across the US on 21 economic and workforce indicators. Each MSA earned a ranking within each indicator, which helped determined the overall ranking for the 100 leading locations.
The Visalia-Porterville-Tulare MSA ranked 64th overall nationally, and number 18 of mid-size communities (population between 160,000 and 600,000).
“The fact that our region is the only area in Central California to make the top 100 confirms the strong economic performance of our economy and let’s decision makers know that we understand what businesses need to be successful” stated Paul Saldana, President & CEO of the EDC.
What is the Census of Agriculture?
The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land - whether rural or urban - growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year.
The Census of Agriculture, taken only once every five years, looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures. For America’s farmers and ranchers, the Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity.
Frequently asked questions about the 2017 Census.
Why is the Census of Agriculture important?The Census of Agriculture provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. Through the Census of Agriculture, producers can show the nation the value and importance of agriculture, and they can help influence the decisions that will shape the future of American agriculture for years to come. By responding to the Census of Agriculture, producers are helping themselves, their communities, and all of U.S. agriculture.
Who uses Census of Agriculture data?
Census of Agriculture data are used by all those who serve farmers and rural communities — federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations and many others.
How can I participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture?
Where can I access information about previous Censuses?
Presidential Memorandum Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing
The President issued a directive to the Secretary of Commerce to “conduct outreach to stakeholders concerning the impact of Federal regulations on domestic manufacturing”. The EDC looks forward to opportunities that improved and streamlined manufactures will have on the growth of manufacturing within Tulare County.
Many people in the water community have been asking me the same question these past few weeks – What will a Trump Administration mean for California water? No one knows the answer for sure, but as we move forward, as always, ACWA will stick to its core values. And the template for those core values is the coequal goals of advancing a water policy that benefits both California’s economy and environment.
I have worked in California water under five governors and now – with the election of President Trump – six presidents. These transitions are just part of life for those who work on public policy. ACWA, as an organization founded in 1910, has worked with many governors and presidents and with each administration, we worked to deliver reliable, safe water while preserving the environment. Now, we adhere to the coequal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem health, and use the 2009 Delta Reform Act and Gov. Jerry Brown’s California Water Action Plan as our road map for achieving those goals.
We will continue this endeavor under the Trump Administration, and being an optimist, I see this change in Washington as a chance to open new dialog on critical water issues as outlined in the CWAP. Issues include adequate storage, functional Delta conveyance, protection of watersheds and making conservation a way of life. Using a broad brush, here are some of the key issues and opportunities that lie ahead:
On her way out the door, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell issued a six-point secretarial order outlining “timely actions” federal officials must take to address the effects of drought and climate change on California’s water supply and wildlife. ACWA likes many of the order’s main themes, others we are wary of. But I can say unequivocally that I wish Jewell and the Obama Administration had issued this order for “timely actions” in a more timely manner. We have been waiting for years for some action on these issues. But again, as an optimist, it is a positive sign that the order appears to send a signal to the federal government to develop a meaningful partnership with the state of California in resolving these complex issues.
As we move into 2017 with a new administration in Washington, we have an opportunity for a new era of collaborative problem solving and constructive partnership. We have the road map to success with the coequal goals and the California Water Action Plan. That vision is our future.
source: Association of California Water Agencies
California added 13,600 payroll positions in November, building on the upwardly revised 34,400 jobs added in October, according to Beacon Economics’ analysis of the latest release from the California Employment Development Department (EDD).
While November’s gains fall below the average monthly gains over the last year, the state continues to outpace the nation in terms of year-over-year jobs growth. California payrolls expanded by 2.4% from October 2015, compared to 1.6% in the nation overall.
“California’s labor market has see solid gains throughout the year, although the pace of growth is somewhat lower than last year,” said Robert Kleinhenz, Executive Director of Research at Beacon Economics. “And while the monthly numbers are somewhat mixed across the regions of the state, nearly all have seen sustained increases in yearly terms. The fundamentals of the state economy are sound, and growth is expected to continue into the new year.”
California’s unemployment rate fell to 5.3% in November, down from 5.5% one month earlier. The last time the state saw a 5.3% rate was over 10 years ago in June 2007. The driving force behind this drop has been more local residents finding work, with household employment growing by 47,000, outpacing the 15,300 increase in the state’s labor force.
It's Official: California is Getting Water
Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on California water legislation being signed into law as part of S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act:
“This is a great moment for California. I am proud to have worked with my colleagues in the House, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and our constituents to deliver the largest reforms to California water policy in 25 years. This water deal has been years in the making and was achieved by an unwavering commitment to our communities and state. This new law will help our communities receive more water this wet season and will help move forward storage projects that will define California’s bright future. We have not solved all of California’s water challenges, but this legislation is an incredibly positive first step. I look forward to getting back to work to build on these results. But in the meantime, I am proud to have played a role in this pivotal moment for our state’s future.”
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Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, analyzed by SYNEVA Economics of North Carolina, reports that the Visalia-Porterville MSA posted a 2.6% employment growth rate from October 2015 to 2016, ranking it above Fresno, Kings and Kern Counties. In fact, Tulare County is ranks #70 among the 387 MSA’s nationally. Comparatively, Kings County is 378, Fresno is 222 and Kern is 196 nationally. Data shows that Tulare County employment growth has exceeded the national average 25 of the last 26 months.
With sustained job gains, California continues to outpace the nation in terms of year-over-year job growth, according to Beacon Economics’ analysis of the latest release from the California Employment Development Department (EDD).
California added 31,200 jobs in October, building on a revised 36,000 jobs added in September. California payrolls expanded by 2.4% from October 2015 to October 2016, compared to 1.7% in the nation overall.
“At this point in the economic cycle, the state is effectively at full employment so the pace of job gains is somewhat tempered compared to a year ago,” said Robert Kleinhenz, Executive Director of Research at Beacon Economics. “That said, the leading sectors of the state continue to add jobs at an impressive rate.”
New Geography reported on overcrowding in metro areas among MSA’s in the United States. Counties to the north and south of the Visalia-Porterville-Tulare MSA are among the most severely overcrowded metro areas in the US. Fresno and Bakersfield rank in the top 5 for overcrowding, just behind McAllen, TX, Los Angeles and Honolulu. The report showed that high housing costs in these metro areas contributed to the high overcrowding rates. The Visalia-Porterville-Tulare MSA maintains one of the affordable housing markets in California, with more than 54% of residents able to afford a median price house (California average is 30%). As the study showed, overcrowding negatively impacts school achievement, behavior and physical health of children.
Employment in California continues to expand, with payrolls increasing by 30,000 positions in September, according to Beacon Economics’ analysis of the latest release from the California Employment Development Department (EDD).
While this is weaker growth than in some previous months, the state accounted for just over 20% of all new jobs added in the nation during September. Moreover, for the year, nonfarm payrolls in the state have grown by 2.3%, compared to just 1.7% in the nation overall.
“The pace of wage and salary job growth is somewhat slower than last year,” said Robert Kleinhenz, Executive Director of Research at Beacon Economics. “However, the state continues to add impressive numbers of jobs in yearly terms, with a gain of nearly 380,000 from September of last year to this past September.”
The unemployment rate in California held steady at 5.5% in the latest numbers. While household employment expanded by 108,600 during the month, this was offset by a sizable 117,800 increase in the state’s labor force, keeping the unemployment rate unchanged. The state’s unemployment rate has now held steady at 5.5% for three straight months.
Tulare County posted a 2.4% employment growth over last year, driven by real estate, professional/business services and retail industries. Unemployment is down by 0.3% to 11.2%. Download the full Tulare County employment report here.
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