Impact of Trade-Related Job Losses on Women Workers

Posted on September 1st, 2009 — in Children and Families :: Economy and Business :: Employment

Over the past several decades, international trade and increased foreign competition has led to widespread job losses in American manufacturing. The general perception is that these losses have primarily affected jobs and industries that are traditionally male, such as auto manufacturing. Researchers from Dēmos, however, point out that women workers in the US have been significantly impacted by trade-related job losses. Female-intensive industries, such as textiles and apparel, have faced the highest levels of import competition over the past decade and, as a result, have had high levels of job displacement. The situation is compounded by the finding that many manufacturing jobs pay much better than other jobs available to non-college-educated women workers, so laid-off women are likely to find their earning power lowered, perhaps permanently.
Given these conditions, the authors argue for a governmental policy that emphasizes training, professionalizing the jobs that are likely to stay within the country, and a commitment to supporting families during periods of job transition.


Bay Area Economic Forecasts

Posted on December 19th, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Employment

The Bay Area Economic Institute compares the current recession with the bubble burst of 2001, and makes projections for regional impact. The overall unemployment rate in the region will rise from the 4 percent level it hit in 2006 to over 7 percent, on par with the peak hit in 2003 and 1992. The overall increase is smaller than in the 2001 downturn—but this is largely due to the fact that the area’s economy is not dramatically overheated at the moment. The good news is that in 2010, the economy that emerges from the downturn will be much more competitive. The general drop in land prices will take much of the strain off local businesses that compete in the global marketplace, not only from an overall cost perspective, but also in their ability to attract the best workers from around the world. The Bay Area continues to have one of the brightest futures of any economy in the United States.


See How They Foreclose

Posted on December 19th, 2008 — in Economy and Business

The California Research Bureau issues an update on foreclosures as part of a series of quarterly projections. CRB plans to follow the cycle until job losses abate and home prices stabilize, “most likely sometime after the second quarter in 2009.”


Women in Business

Posted on December 19th, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Employment

2008 UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders [UC Davis Graduate School of Management]

Women constitute only a small minority—just over 10%—of directors and top executives at the 400 largest public companies in California. Several studies have shown that having more women in the boardroom and executive suite makes a difference in corporate governance and company performance. UC Davis’s 2008 survey shows the proportion of women on the board of directors and top management teams did increase slightly since 2007.


Growing an Educated Workforce

Posted on December 18th, 2008 — in Demographics :: Economy and Business :: Education :: Employment

Will there be enough college graduates to meet the needs of California’s future economy? The Public Policy Institute of California offers evidence of the future workforce skills gap and discusses the causes, magnitude, and likely consequences of the gap.


Preparing for Climate Change

Posted on November 18th, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Growth, Development & Infrastructure :: Resources and Environment

A suite of reports from the Public Policy Institute of California looks at preparations for climate change at state and local levels. Some institutions, such as water agencies and electrical utilities, have already begun planning for change. But other areas have yet to prepare effectively for the challenges of a changing California.


Increasing Access to Fresh Food in Lower Income Communities

Posted on November 17th, 2008 — in Economy and Business

Grocery Store Attraction Strategies: A Resource Guide for Community Activists [PolicyLink and
Local Initiatives Support Corporation]

While previous reports have clearly documented the need, the challenges, and the real economic potential for new grocery stores in underserved neighborhoods, there are relatively few resources available to community advocates and local governments that describe how to attract or develop a new store. This report provides nuts and bolts resources to help communities organize a coordinated strategy for grocery store attraction.


Survival Response

Posted on November 17th, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Growth, Development & Infrastructure :: Resources and Environment

California Climate Risk and Response [UC Berkeley Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics]

A new report from UC Berkeley’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics opens with an epigraph by Darwin, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” The report details costs associated with climate change and response options in seven areas: water; energy; transportation; tourism and recreation; real estate; agriculture, forestry, and fisheries; and public health.


Bay Area Benefits of High-Speed Rail

Posted on November 12th, 2008 — in Ballot Measures :: Economy and Business :: Employment :: Growth, Development & Infrastructure :: Resources and Environment :: Transportation

With the recent passage of Proposition 1A clearing the way for the construction of a high-speed rail line linking San Francisco and Los Angeles , a report from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute explores quality-of-life benefits to Bay Area residents in four categories: business and job creation; mobility; urban development; and climate change.


Economic Futures

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 — in Economy and Business :: Employment :: Resources and Environment :: Technology

The Innovation Driven Economic Development Model [Bay Area Council Economic Institute]

Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California [Center for Energy, Resources, and Economic Sustainability; Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics; UC Berkeley]

Building San Francisco’s Cleantech Economy: Analysis and Strategy Options [San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association]

Does the economy look greener on the other side of innovation? Three reports examine the dynamics of policy and resources. The Innovation Driven Economic Development Model is based on the new realities of globalization and the changing nature of the innovation process. Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California looks at the long term impact of energy efficiency on economic growth. And the San Francisco Urban Planning and Research Association zooms in on local economic greening in Building San Francisco’s Cleantech Economy: Analysis and Strategy Options.