Employment growth in the Inland Empire is California’s highest

The Riverside Press-Enterprise recently reported that employers in San Bernardino and Riverside counties created almost 9,000 new jobs in November, far outpacing the growth across California and the rate of job expansion nationally, according to the state Employment Development Department.

About 19,600 jobs were created in October and November combined in the Inland region. Many of the new jobs were at retail locations, restaurants, and distribution centers. An estimated 2,700 new jobs in November were office workers, suggesting that after almost three years of recession, some employers are starting to hire again.

These gains contributed to the Inland Empire being ranked as the best-performing metropolitan area in California in November.

Hiring is still weak in some of the sectors that used to be the Inland region’s strengths. Manufacturers and the construction industry both trimmed jobs. Unemployment in the Inland region, increased from 14.2% in October to 14.3% in November, as people re-entered the job market, anticipating holiday hiring.

Economists prefer to compare a given month to the same month a year earlier, and those numbers also are encouraging for the Inland region. The trend shows that the job deficit is shrinking. The year-over-year job count was down 1.6% in September, 1.2% in October, and 0.8% in November, from 2009