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On September 8, Bay Area Council Economic Institute Senior Director Sean Randolph presented the findings of the Institute’s new study on the China Greater Bay Area to an audience in the U.S. and China organized …

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Slow Job Growth Understates Bay Area Economic Strength August 23, 2021 The Bay Area posted modest but disappointing job gains since March. At the same time VC funding is strong, people are reentering the workforce …

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California’s population growth has been slowing, most recently leading to the loss of a congressional seat for the first time in the state’s history. This shift is nothing new, but rather part of a decades-long …

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Toll tags show Bay Bridge traffic has recovered to pre-pandemic levels while transit ridership still lags

  Bay Bridge weekday traffic counts, as reported through westbound toll tags, have returned to pre-pandemic levels across all hours of the day. The average number of cars passing through the toll plaza on weekdays …

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Rethinking Mexico and its Ties to Silicon Valley

July 3rd, 2021 Tech interest is growing in Mexico. Led by investors, entrepreneurs and leaders in states and cities, Mexico is now on the radar for U.S. technology and innovation partners. In this transformation, Silicon …

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Bay Area Job Watch

The Recovery Strengthens June 21, 2021 The Bay Area posted modest job gains in March, April and May. The outlook for stronger near-term economic gains is positive though long-term challenges remain. The U.S. economic outlook …

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Bay Area Job Watch

The Recovery Strengthens June 14, 2021 The Bay Area posted modest job gains in March and April. The outlook for stronger near-term economic gains is positive though long-term challenges remain. The U.S. economic outlook has …

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Intellectual Property Rights for COVID Vaccines Must be Protected

June 4th, 2021 Intellectual property rights are at the root of biotechnology R&D and vital to the industry in the Bay Area. In an article on Medium.com, Sean Randolph of the Bay Area Council Economic …

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Viewpoint: Supporting the Arts Supports the Economy

May 7th, 2021 Sean Randolph of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute says a year without arts has left San Francisco a poorer place. When the arts resume, the city, its businesses and its residents …

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Bay Area Job Watch

The Recovery Strengthens April 19, 2021 The highlights: • The Bay Area added 50,100 jobs between January and March 2021 .and the regional unemployment rate fell from 6.6% to 5.9%. Job gains were led by …

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Bay Area Job Watch

Dissecting the Downward Revision to Bay Area Job Estimates March 18, 2021 The highlights: • The downward revisions occurred after May 2021.In that month the revisions raised, now lowered, the Bay Area job total. • …

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Viewpoint: Biden Administration Could Offer a New Dawn for H1-B Visas

February 4th, 2021 Under the Biden administration, there has been a significant push for a broad based immigration reform. These policies include H1-B visas, which are used by tech companies to fill high-skilled workforce gaps. …