Center for Business and Policy Research

The Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) is a research and outreach unit known for independent, objective analyses of business, economic, and public policy issues in California with a focus on the Northern California Mega-Region which includes the North San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento Metro Area, and the Bay Area. The Center has staffed offices on both the Stockton and Sacramento campuses. Staff have extensive experience on water, transportation, housing, labor, and economic development issues that are of critical importance to this region. Widely recognized across California for the quality of its analyses, the Center's reports and experts are cited between 150 and 250 times per year in the local, state, and national press.

The Center for Business and Policy Research was founded in 2004 as the Business Forecasting Center. Since Dr. Jeffrey Michael became Director of the Business Forecasting Center in 2008, the Center has expanded its topical scope, staff, and expertise beyond economic forecasting, and the Center was renamed in 2015 to better reflect its work. Although forecasting is no longer in the Center's name, CBPR continues to publish the California and Metro Business Forecast, and it remains a core part of its work.


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CA & Metro Forecast January 2017

California & Metro Forecast

January 2017

The California economy should maintain solid 2.6% growth in 2017 with the unemployment rate holding steady at 5.4% as job growth decelerates to 1.6% according to the Center's latest forecast. Beyond 2017, growth is expected to slow as the initial boost from anticipated tax cuts and deficit spending under President Trump fades and reduced federal healthcare spending, reduced immigration, and international trade, and a rising dollar and interest rates curb growth. Please click on the link below to access the latest forecast. 

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