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Report Studies Inland Southern California Commuters

An In-Depth Look at Inland Southern California Commuters

Report finds more than 40 percent commute outside the two-county region and those commuters tend to have high-skilled jobs and earn more money

(March 10, 2011)

David W. Stewart, dean of the School of Business AdministrationEnlarge

David W. Stewart, dean of the School of Business Administration

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- More than 41 percent of Riverside and San Bernardino county residents commute to work outside the region and those residents tend to have high-skilled jobs and earn more money, according to a report recently prepared by Beacon Economics for the University of California, Riverside School of Business Administration.

This is the first of a series of quarterly “Regional Intelligence Reports” that will be prepared by Beacon Economics for the School of Business Administration. This follows the firm working with the school to prepare and release in November an economic forecast for the region.

The forecast and reports are meant to provide Inland Southern California with insightful intelligence about the region’s economy. The first report focuses on where Inland Southern Californian’s work because of the implications for local labor force efficiency, economic development and the region’s transportation network.

“Retaining our workers, and matching local employment opportunities with local skills, will play a significant role in Inland Southern California's economic recovery — and ultimately in our long-term growth,” said David W. Stewart, dean of the UC Riverside School of Business Administration.

Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics and one of the report’s authors, added that the study’s findings underscore the lack of in-area employment opportunities available to local residents.

“In order to capitalize on its own residents – especially its highly skilled residents – it will be important for Inland Southern California to cultivate new business formation and attract existing businesses into the area,” Thornberg said.

Some key findings from the first Regional Intelligence report, which used data from 2008, the latest that was available, include:

• Nearly 41 percent of residents who commute outside the two counties for work make more than $40,000. By contrast, only 21 percent of commuters makes less than $15,000.

• Riverside and San Bernardino counties have a net surplus of labor, with nearly 23 percent more working residents than available jobs.

• Los Angeles County is the most popular destination for commuters who leave the two counties. Nearly 20 percent of commuters work in Los Angeles. Orange County is second at nearly 12 percent and San Diego County third at five percent.

• Riverside and San Bernardino counties employ virtually the same number of people. San Bernardino County employs just under 400,000 while just over 393,000 work in Riverside County.

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