Episode 24 – David Carnes: The Inland Empire Economy

David Carnes

David Carnes

Today we are interviewing an Inland Empire economist by the name of David Carnes. David has a Bachelor of Arts from Cal State in economics and in this interview, David is sharing his outlook on the future of the Inland Empire.

The Inland Empire is Southern California’s closet
— David Carnes

David explains that he is in agreement with many other economists in that the Inland Empire is coming back stronger than ever after the recession created economic issues. What David sees are some changes that will effect certain people in the workforce.

The manufacturing jobs that we lost during the recession have not come back. They’ve been replaced by warehousing jobs
— David Carnes

The Inland Empire seems to be booming, but when a person looks deep into the pulse of the Inland economy, we can see some major factors that will effect small business. Some of those factors are:

  • The Inland Empire has not recovered the level of gross domestic output. This is primarily a result of manufacturing jobs not coming back, and manufacturers moving their factories.
  • 40% of the Inland Empire workforce commutes out of the Inland Empire.

  • 33% of working age adults in the Inland Empire do not have a high school diploma.

David points out a recent statistic that states: "Over the past year, higher-paying professional and business service jobs produced a third of all job growth with 14,200 new jobs” (Daily Bulletin, 9/24/15). With warehousing being the primary growth in the Inland Empire, professionals are not finding opportunities, so they are commuting to Orange or L.A. Counties.

But David does still see the Inland Empire as a “pot of gold.” It is still a great location to start and run a small business. How can this be, you may ask?

The housing market in the Inland Empire is on a major bounce-back. Once leading in the rates of foreclosures, the Inland Empire has made the largest gains in the reductions of foreclosures. Many professionals still love the Inland Empire life, and they choose to live, eat and breathe here while commuting to another area for employment.

A key factor that David sees in the future of the Inland Empire's economy is how mass transit reacts. It seems he believes mass transit could be a determining factor in what industry will build, and what will leave the Inland Empire.

Mass transit may be a factor in encouraging changing the face of the Inland Empire’s industry
— David Carnes

Enjoy this interview with my friend and a great economist: David Carnes.

Links to People and Things Mentioned in the Show

Opening Music: "The Red One" by John Scofield and Pat Metheny off their album I Can See Your House From Here

Closing Music: "Magic Beans"  by Peter Mayer off the album Million Year Mind