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The Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s weekly look into the Bay Area economy.

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Bay Watch – 2022 Transit Recovery

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy February 3rd, 2023 Bay Area transit agencies still struggling to recoup ridership, while bridge traffic hovers close to pre-pandemic levels Amidst pandemic-related shutdowns, spikes in …

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Bay Watch – 2022 Population Trends

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy January 27th, 2023   Bay Area population falls for third straight year New data released this week by the California Department of Finance offers a …

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Bay Watch – 2022 Year End Jobs Report

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy January 20th, 2023 Region ends the year strong, but layoffs loom The Bay Area ended the year strong, adding nearly 14,000 jobs and bringing unemployment …

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Bay Watch – Inflation

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy January 13, 2023 Have We Really Turned the Corner on Inflation? New data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics had markets excited …

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Bay Watch – GDP

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy December 9, 2022 Data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Thursday provided a new reason to be optimistic about the region’s economic recovery. …

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Bay Watch – Home Values

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy December 1, 2022 The Bay Area continues to lead the nation in home values. The Nine-County Bay Area – comprised of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, …

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Bay Watch – Thanksgiving

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy November 22, 2022 Happy Thanksgiving from the Economic Institute! This week, as millions of Americans look forward to gathering with friends and family for turkey …

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Bay Watch – Jobs and Layoffs

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy November 18th, 2022 October job growth ticks up Despite continuing widespread fears an economic downturn is around the corner, the region’s three major metros posted …

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Bay Watch – Multilingual Learning

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy November 2nd, 2022 This week’s Baywatch highlights the Economic Institute’s latest report on the economic benefits of multilingual learning, filling a gap in the literature …

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Bay Watch – Housing Crisis

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy October 27, 2022 So far in 2022, Austin metro has produced nearly 10x as much housing on a per capita basis as San Francisco metro …

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Bay Watch – Transit Recovery

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy October 13, 2022 Recent analysis by the Bay Area News Group reported that for the first time in at least twenty years, Los Angeles County’s …

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Bay Watch – U.S. Jobs Report

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy October 7, 2022 Economic growth slows – is a recession next? New data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed some of …

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Bay Watch – Remote Work

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy September 21, 2022 New data reveal number of Bay Area residents primarily working from home nearly quintupled from 2019 to 2021 New data released last …

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Bay Watch – Foreign Direct Investment

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy September 13, 2022 The COVID-19 pandemic has had detrimental effects on the international economy, in particular foreign direct investments (FDI), which are substantial, lasting investments …

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Bay Watch – SF Business Activity

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy September 6, 2022   It’s been two and half years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many businesses in San Francisco have struggled …

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Bay Watch – Carbon Emissions

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy August 30, 2022   In 2017, the Economic Institute issued a report highlighting the impact of the region’s housing crisis not only on residents, but …

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Bay Watch – San Francisco vs. San Jose

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy August 24, 2022 In the last few weeks, Bay Watch has analyzed several different metrics that compare our region’s economic recovery with other metropolitan areas …

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Bay Watch – Labor Force

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy August 16, 2022 Last week, we highlighted San Francisco’s difficult road to recovery. Two years and five months after shelter-in-place orders were first implemented, the …

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Bay Watch – Job Recovery

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy August 9, 2022 Despite recent job growth across key industry sectors, the Bay Area continues to struggle to recover the jobs it lost during the …

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Bay Watch – Venture Capital

Bay Watch: A Weekly Look into the Bay Area Economy August 2, 2022 Last week, Silicon Valley venture capital titan Andreessen Horowitz announced that it was taking its headquarters to the cloud. While it would …