Local shopping centers are busy. Freeway traffic is heavy. Homes sell briskly despite high prices. And landlords continue to raise rents.
So how could Orange County job growth be so anemic, according to employment statistics released monthly by the state?
The answer might just be here: Job growth looks to be more than double what we think it is.
When we read an article on the Orange County Register, written by Jonathan Lansner, we saw that he had federal employment statistics, that were released Tuesday, Dec. 5, into his trusty spreadsheet, finding that Orange County employment is rising at a 2.2 percent annual rate in 2017’s first six months. It’s a sharp contrast to the state’s comparable monthly data that show job growth averaging a post-recession low of a…