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California Exports Enduring Rough Patch

California Exports Enduring Rough Patch

A report from Beacon Economics paints a rough picture for April exports in the Golden State. Despite a 4.5% year-over-year increase in the value of California’s foreign trade, once adjusted for inflation, that number becomes an 8.5% decrease. 

The U.S. Census trade statistics for April showed a nominal jump in California export value, rising to $15.9 billion from $15.2 billion a year earlier, while the state’s share of the U.S. overall value declined from 10.5% to 9.2%. 

Breaking down the numbers further, the state’s export of manufactured goods in April saw a 6.1% increase from 2021, but non-manufactured goods were only up 0.8% thanks largely to logistical snags. 

The future looks shaky at best, with the global economy possibly entering into a “protracted period of feeble growth and elevated inflation”, according to the World Bank. In addition, California is dealing with an unsettled situation at West Coast ports as contract negotiations between the International Longshore Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continue. Any breakdown in talks will lead to an untimely setback for exporters.

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About Mark Nieto

Mark comes to ConnectCRE with an extensive background as a business and news reporter in San Francisco radio, as well as 35 years as a traffic reporter on several stations including KGO, KNBR, KCBS and KFRC. As a business reporter, Mark covered the tech world in Silicon Valley where he became familiar with real estate transactions in the hot Bay Area marketplace. He attended San Jose State University with a BA in Radio and TV Broadcasting and currently resides in the Lake Tahoe area where he gets to frequently enjoy all of his favorite activities: Golfing, Fishing, Hiking and Skiing.

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