How Does the LA Economy Compare to the Rest of the Nation?

///How Does the LA Economy Compare to the Rest of the Nation?

How Does the LA Economy Compare to the Rest of the Nation?

The city of Los Angeles has come a long way since its quiet start nearly 150 years ago. What started as a small farming community with deep cultural and religious underpinnings grew into a bustling urban center, now well-known for its elite residents and big, cutting edge business environment. The city’s economy has grown exponentially over the years, thanks in part to a population of more than 10 million people churning out gross domestic product of nearly $700 billion. The companies that call LA home span widely in industry and size, but there is a notable wind of creativity, innovation, and diversity throughout.

In recent years, LA’s economy has been reported as one of the world’s largest, falling closely behind New York City, but beating Norway, Taiwan, and Belgium based on total GDP. Exports have always played a role in how well LA’s economy thrives each and every year, and a concentration of manufacturing jobs lends a hand as well. When compared to the broader economic state of the nation, LA continues to stand out given its unique mix of industries and its rich population.

Industries that Contribute to LA’s Economy

Most people know LA as the entertainment capital of the world,

but some may be surprised to learn that a number of widely varied businesses call the city home and contribute to its growing economy. Business services, education, hospitality and tourism top the list of business sectors flourishing throughout the city. Long-standing financial services companies, including traditional institutional banks, and alternative lenders like LA car title loan companies. Essentially financial companies of all shapes and sizes, investment managers, and insurance companies also make up a significant portion of the city’s economic footprint, either locating headquarters within the city or offering locations to the city’s residents. Aerospace, technology, and transportation also appear near the top of the industry list in LA, creating a truly diversified, progressive business environment within city limits. Other major metropolitan areas, including New York City, Washington D.C., and Chicago have a similar business sector exposure to a certain extent, but LA’s is truly diverse in terms of the scope of business variety.

LA’s Economic Growth

Despite slow economic growth around the country over the course of the last decade, Los Angeles has experienced steady growth, according to the area’s Chamber of Commerce. One of the factors impacting economic activity in LA is the number of jobs, a figure which climbed to just over 5 million in December of 2016. The increase in jobs has steadily pushed the city’s unemployment figures down, currently at 4.7% – the same as the national average. Comparatively, the state of California’s unemployment rate came in at 5.1% in the last Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

Over the last year, LA’s economy has continued its positive trend, reporting increased wages that grew 1.3% over the last year, and increased sales tax collection, growing by 2.4%. Business taxes have also risen over the last 12 months at an impressive 8.4%, showing the interest in establishing or expanding a company in LA. The combination of a blossoming job market, increased business growth and transition to the city, and an overall positive outlook on the financial position of the city compared to other metropolitan areas put LA near the top of the list of largest, most promising economies in the United States.

By | 2017-05-30T22:10:54+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Economics|2 Comments

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  1. Paul N May 1, 2017 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure how this post applies to personal finance.

    In the same breath why do you not also show LA’s ballooning deficit, its deferred and unfunded liabilities and California’s overall debt which was 1.3 trillion mid 2015 + rising? I don’t think only the positives should be highlighted, and the negatives ignored when promoting a picture of prosperity when clearly it is not as rosy as one would think….

    It’s much like the much touted 10 million jobs Obama created his supporters like to boast about. But when you drill down on the numbers the jobs are in fact 85% part time or low paying jobs with no benefits, 15 % good decent jobs…. It’s all in the delivery of the facts, hence the term “alternative facts”.

    • Evan May 10, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

      It doesn’t really apply to Personal Finance, but you brought up a damn interesting points. First, the municipal debt market is fucking scary. Major cities just keep on taking debt and sometimes for ridiculous things like stadiums. That bothers me so much! Why is the public funding a f’n stadium? If no one did it they wouldn’t be able to play cities against each other.

      With regard to Obama (and politics in general) it is crazy how the stats are presented. It is so frustrating to watch the same story with the same numbers spun 2 different ways depending on the network you are watching. I have had this idea for a website for a while – one that just gives you the news, the who, what, where and when leaving out the why so you can make your own conclusions.

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