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Remote Work Is Here to Stay

By Deja Thomas

More than three years after the pandemic forced a major shift to remote work, more than six in ten employed adults in California say they prefer either fully remote work or some sort of hybrid arrangement. At the same time, opportunities for remote work vary widely across demographic groups and the state's regions.

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Is the American Dream in California Dying?

By Dean Bonner

Majorities of Californians—61%—believe that the American Dream is harder to achieve here than elsewhere. Support for policies that could improve economic well-being in the state is widespread.

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Video: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

By Mary Severance

Researchers Dean Bonner and Deja Thomas discuss key findings from the latest PPIC Statewide Survey, which examines Californians’ views on their own financial situation, the state’s economic outlook, and other topics.

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Soft Landing? What the Latest Data Says about California’s Economy

By Jenny Duan, Sarah Bohn

New jobs data suggests that taming inflation has not hurt the state's labor market much. While unemployment in California has increased slowly since a low in August 2022, the state's labor market still shows many markers of strength.

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A Look at Demographic Differences in Poverty across Regions in California

By Patricia Malagon, Caroline Danielson

California's overall poverty rate rose between fall 2021 and early 2023, according to the most recent California Poverty Measure. We look at how poverty differs across the state and how it is linked to race, education, and other demographic factors.

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Wage Growth Is Struggling to Keep Up with Inflation

By Jenny Duan, Daniel Payares-Montoya

Average hourly wages for private-sector workers have increased 15% since just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in many parts of the economy, wages are not rising fast enough to keep up with inflation.

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Young Californians May Be Choosing Work over School

By Julien Lafortune, Sarah Bohn

How have young adults across the state reacted to the COVID-induced economic downturn? Our analysis finds that, in stark contrast to the Great Recession, the share of young Californians opting for work over school has increased.

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Regional Trends in Unemployment

By Sarah Bohn, Jenny Duan

While California’s unemployment rate has ticked up over the past year, in some regions unemployment is lower than it was before the pandemic.

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Who Is Unemployed in California?

By Sarah Bohn

While still historically low, unemployment in California has ticked up over the past year. Unemployment among men has increased more than for most other demographic groups and much more than for women.

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California’s Economic Outlook as Inflation Dips

By Sarah Bohn, Daniel Payares-Montoya

Growth in prices has slowed from a year ago, but a number of challenges for the post-COVID economy remain—along with considerable uncertainty. Where does California stand, and what’s ahead?

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