Independent Voter Project

How Can California Solve Its Manufacturing Jobs Gap?

At first glance, it would appear that the Golden State has beaten the odds when it comes to creating jobs following the Great Recession. In 2014, the 1.3 million jobs that were lost during the Great Recession were regained and then some, according to the Political Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

Almost weekly, a new headline about Silicon Valley’s booming tech industry reinforces the idea that California’s jobs problem is a thing of the past.

But like most economic issues, the devil is in the details. According to the U-T, an additional 1 million new jobs are still missing if compared against previous post-recession recovery cycles.

So that begs the question, where are the jobs going? In many cases, the answer is Texas.

At the Independent Voter Project’s annual Business and Leadership Conference, California policymakers and industry leaders came together for an open discussion on the state’s business climate. What evolved during several days of discourse underlined where tomorrow’s big policy questions lie; in particular, finding investments in middle-class job opportunities and sewing the seeds of collaboration within the legislature.

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