RESEARCH

We produce original research and reports about the East Bay economy, which are critical to support our business and civic leaders make informed policies. Our publications promote the assets of the region and provide access to business resources.

PUBLICATIONS

2020 East Bay Economic Outlook

In March 2020, the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) forced large swaths of the nation to issue stay-at-home orders for all but essential businesses. The months ahead will be quite volatile and dynamic as restrictions get lifted, but we do know that the East Bay’s economy entered the current crisis in healthy shape. Read more…

2020 East Bay Book of Lists

The East Bay Book of Lists is an informative resource that complements the annual Book of Lists published each December by the San Francisco Business Times. It also includes a comprehensive business resource directory compiled by East Bay EDA. Read more…

2019 East Bay Manufacturing

The East Bay has a long legacy of manufacturing and continues to this day —ranging from manufacturing machinery to medical equipment to food. The manufacturing sector remains a vital source of innovation and economic competitiveness in the East Bay with significant contributions to research and development, exports and productivity growth. Read more…

2019-20 East Bay Outlook Report

In 2018, the U.S. economy concluded another solid year, as the nation’s real output grew by 2.9% year-over-year, marking the greatest percentage growth since 2015. Strong contributions from government and business investment helped fuel the nation’s GDP growth, and, despite all the concerns over trade, exports increased over the past year. Read more…

2018-19 East Bay Outlook Report

The U.S. economy is experiencing the second-longest expansion in its history—the labor market is booming and consumer and business spending are solid. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 represents a major fiscal expansion that will reduce U.S. federal budget revenues over the next decade by $1.5 trillion. Read more…

2017-18 East Bay Outlook Report

The East Bay economy had a strong 2016 and is expected to continue on a stable course throughout 2017. From February 2016 to February 2017, nonfarm employment in the East Bay grew by 1.9% (21,200 jobs), outpacing the nation’s 1.6% growth. The East Bay labor market growth outpaced many other urban economies including Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and Boston, among others. Read more…

2016-17 East Bay Outlook Report

The East Bay economy performed well in 2015, and is expected to continue on its present course. The region maintains an affordability advantage over its neighbors in San Francisco and the South Bay, serving as one of the most important drivers of its recent economic success. The East Bay economy experienced accelerated growth across indicators compared to 2014. Read more…

2015-16 East Bay Outlook Report

The East Bay Economy continues to move forward and build on the economic expansion that has taken place in the post-recession era these last few years. With virtually every major economic indicator trending in the right direction, the region is poised for steady growth in 2015 as the local economic engine continues firing on all cylinders. Read more…

2014 East Bay Quality of Life

This study looks at six key quality of life metrics that define the uniqueness of the East Bay. These elements were selected from among others studied globally and domestically to assess the East Bay assets aligned with these elements. The study looks at the East Bay as a whole and its balance of urban, suburban and rural spaces enjoyed by today’s residents. It also considers the economic importance of these assets to preserve, enhance and sustain an excellent quality of life. Read more…

2014-15 East Bay Outlook Report

Key indicators confirm the prevailing consensus that the East Bay’s economy is stable and healthy. Employment continues to grow and the jobless rate is well below that of the rest of California. The resulting growth in incomes coupled with population increases have been good for business activity. Read more…

2013 East Bay Outlook Report

As the economic recovery continues in the East Bay, key indicators such as employment are showing steady growth. We expect that employment will continue to grow steadily in the future, as consumer spending and hiring have improved throughout the rest of country. Read more…

2013 East Bay Workforce

Building upon the 2013 Annual East Bay Economic Outlook, this study looks to delve deeper into the fundamental questions driving the nexus of employment, education and the economy in the East Bay. Read more…

2011 Building On Our Assets

The Great Recession exacted a heavy toll on the East Bay economy. The bursting of the housing bubble and the ensuing financial crisis contributed to the East Bay’s loss of one out of every ten jobs since 2007. Many companies and the families that depend on them have suffered in this period. Read more…