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UCLA Data Shows Challenges Ahead for LA Recovery

June 28, 2013
Los ANgeles

The Los Angeles Urban League, in partnership with the California Business Roundtable, commissioned University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs to examine California's business climate to understand the impact of a struggling economy on urban communities in a report titled "California's Regulatory Business Climate: The Impact on Urban Communities." The first forum, A View of the Region provided a comprehensive analysis of Los Angeles' economic recovery compared to other metropolitan areas.

Summarizing the results of research conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, Nolan V. Rollins, Los Angeles Urban League President and CEO stated "the data reveals that many individuals in the middle income and lower income areas are confronted with lower wages and fewer job opportunities.

As a community, we need to better understand these economic factors in order to make reforms that will improve peoples' lives and rebuild our communities." The Los Angeles Urban League commissioned this study as a part of its mission to advance equal opportunities for the African American community in Los Angeles.

UCLA Professor Matt Drennan, Ph.D. and Research Associate Taner Osman presented "A View of the Region," which included data on Los Angeles' economic, employment and business conditions. While some areas of the region showed economic gains, other areas revealed deeper problems such as high unemployment and higher poverty rates. This was the first of three forums that will examine the policy solutions needed to improve the economy and quality of life in urban communities.

"California cannot afford to lose good paying middle class jobs if we want a strong economic future," says Rob Lapsley, President of the California Business Roundtable. "Our policies are helping to create a two tier economy in the state and we must work together on the solutions that will help all of our communities."

The forum raised significant issues for the Los Angeles region and the state:

-- How is the slow rise in job growth and declining overall family income impacting the region and the state?

-- Are the new jobs that are being created concentrated in the high-end and low-end of the employment sector, leaving a shortage of new middle income opportunities?

-- Is the recovery occurring disproportionately, where low income neighborhoods are seeing a very small or no increase in the number of jobs and investment but others such as "Silicon Beach" are experiencing significant economic gains? Los Angeles Urban League and California Business Roundtable will host the second forum on July 19th that will be a closer look at the social impacts of a troubling economy on the African American community in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Urban League

The Los Angeles Urban League is a premier advocacy and service organization, who for over 90 years has been committed to advancing equal opportunities, including economic self-reliance for African Americans and other minorities in our uniquely diversified city and region.

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Center for Civil Society

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is a leading institution of research in the areas of public policy, social welfare, urban planning and other areas vital to the continued well-being of our global society.

Source: The Los Angeles Urban League

Source: Copyright Business Wire 2013

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