Study: California Economy, State Finances Stronger than Other States

Published On : 7/10/2013 9:11 AM
By : Ben Adler
From : CCN
Categories : Local, State

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A new study shows California’s economy, unemployment rate and state revenues are all moving in the right direction – at a faster pace than most other states

The study comes from the Tax Policy Center – a project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. It compares state tax revenues, economic growth and other data for all 50 states.

Among the findings: California tax revenues jumped by 35 percent from the first quarter of last year through the first quarter of this year. That’s second only to North Dakota and well ahead of third place Montana.

Some of those increases come from the voter approval of Proposition 30 last fall, but the state’s economic growth helped too. California’s gross domestic product rose three-and-a-half percent from 2011 to 2012. That’s tied for fifth-highest in the nation.

And the state’s unemployment rate also dropped faster than any other state – by more than two percent. But California still ties for the sixth-highest unemployment rate in the nation.

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