Economy

Mission Community Services Corporation(MCSC) is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for potential entrepreneurs and small business owners to become self-sustaining, successful contributors to their communities, with special assistance for women, low-income, minority, veterans, and non-profit businesses in San Luis Obispo, Kern, and Monterey Counties.

Lack of access to affordable, quality child care in San Luis Obispo County has reached a crisis point locally and across the state. This crisis has serious implications, not just for families and children, but also for local employers, the local economy and overall health of the community.

For many individuals the Central Coast is a place to thrive and enjoy economic success, however the Central Coast economy is not working for all. Reports suggest residents are struggling to get by, let alone get ahead, with 86% of our workforce population believing that our young people today will not be able to live here when they grow up. To address these concerns The Hourglass Project was created to bring together industry, academia, and policy makers across two counties and twelve cities to address issues that hold our region back such as housing affordability, infrastructure, talent development, and job creation.

Charles Krupa/AP Photo, File

California’s unemployment rate remains at a record low of 4.2 percent in the latest jobs report. But a closer look shows 2018 has not exactly been a banner year for the state’s labor market.

Broadcast date: 3/9/2017

What is the quality of life like in San Luis Obispo County? Do residents feel safe? Are there enough employment opportunities? Do people feel they have access to good schools and services? Is our community healthy? These are just a few of the questions that a consortium of public and private health, education, business, environmental, human service and civic organizations set out to answer when they began the ACTION for Healthy Communities project in the late 1990s. The Vital Signs report is compiled every three years through a collaboration of local organizations which sponsor the project. It is the longest running in San Luis Obispo County.

Broadcast date: 9/22/2016

This week, Central Coast Voices is participating in a national week of conversation along with other NPR Member stations called A Nation Engaged. We’re asking this question: ‘What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?’

Urban Century

Aug 3, 2016

Broadcast date: 8/4/2016

After many decades of decline due to suburban sprawl, downtown communities are being reborn. Across the country, downtowns are once again becoming vibrant, desirable destinations to live, work, and play. The documentary film Urban Century – America’s Return to Main Street, examines the current revitalization of Main Street America and the significance that downtown's play in their communities and the possibility that they may be the key to economic prosperity moving forward.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with members of the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association, Executive Director, Dominic Tartaglia, and downtown business owner, community leader, and Economic Committee chairwoman, Jules DuRocher, owner of Jules D. They will talk about the upcoming documentary film screening of Urban Century – America’s Return to Main Street and the current revitalization of Main Street America, discuss the film and the emerging economic, residential and entertainment trends in the hearts of cities just like yours.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Alta Colina, Paso Robles - 2015

A new study shows San Luis Obispo County's wine industry helps generate $1.9 billion for the regional economy. 

Flickr member Ryosuke Yagi

A new survey shows Santa Barbara is one of only two U.S. cities where women earn over ten percent more than men on average.

A real cost measure

Nov 17, 2015

Broadcast date: 11/19/15

Almost 1 in 3 San Luis Obispo County households are struggling to meet their basic needs, according to a report, was released recently by United Ways of California. 

Randol White

Experts say the San Luis Obispo County economy is strong and ranks up there with other California hot spots like San Francisco and Silicon Valley. That was the message at Friday's Central Coast Economic Summit.

Looking forward they also say there's not reason to be pessimistic about 2016. 

Source: EMSI QCEW and non-QCEW Employment 2014.3

A jobs report released this month shows San Luis Obispo County is challenged when it comes to the number of high-paying positions available.

Last year, the SLO County Workforce Investment Board partnered with BW Research Partnership, Inc. to conduct a study on the local economy.

The report found the county has had a strong recovery in terms of total employment, exceeding the numbers of neighboring Central Coast counties.

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

The Colleges and Universities that dot the Central Coast do far more than create an educated populace, they also account for a major portion of the area’s economy.

A recent study took a look at one university in particular—Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo—and found when you tabulate all of the various economic interactions that institution, its students, faculty and staff have with the surrounding area, the sum of those accounts for 12 percent of the entire county’s economic output.

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The Power of Trust

Nov 3, 2014

Broadcast date: 10/27/14

Bestselling author, Ulrich Boser, shows how the emerging research on trust can improve our life and rebuild our economy.

Carbon Shock

Oct 3, 2014

Broadcast date: 09/29/14

Journalist Mark Shapiro investigates the economic disruption caused by climate change. At the heart of the challenges we face is how to establish a price for carbon.

USDA photo by David Kosling

Local jobs and businesses are being affected along the Central Coast as a result of the lack of water available this summer. But just how much the drought plays a role in any economic hardship is difficult to quantify currently because business owners are reluctant to share that information.

When the State of California issued a drought emergency back in January, it set into motion a number of projects to help those affected. Counties for instance are tasked with sending monthly reports to the state detailing jobs lost and business hardships directly due to a lack of water.

Randol White

San Luis Obispo County's economy is looking pretty good according to the latest report delivered Friday morning in Paso Robles by an economic team out of Los Angeles.

"Jobs are up, incomes are up, production is up, housing prices are up, credit is standing. When you add it up, everything is going in the right direction," said Chris Thornberg, considered one of California's leading economists and the founding partner of Beacon Economics.

Central Coast sees more good jobs numbers for April

May 16, 2014

The latest unemployment numbers from the state of California show the Central Coast continues to have among the lowest unemployment rates in the state.

San Luis Obispo County's April jobless rate was 5.2 percent, while Santa Barbara County came in at 5.4.

Raymond McDonald is with the Santa Barbara County's Workforce Investment Board and cautioned that these numbers are new and will be adjusted over time, but he says it is encouraging to see numbers return to pre-recession levels.

Who is a Maker? What is a Hacker? Why are collaborative workspaces popping up around the globe? Learn why Maker Spaces are the growing platform that will provide the basic hands-on technical training needed to produce goods in our current economy.  Host Fred Munroe is joined by guests Clint Slaughter, M.D., and CEO of SLO MakerSpace, along with Michael Bales and Steve Phillips, co-founders of Santa Barbara’s Hackerspace to explore the importance of these spaces as a place for creation, collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Visitor numbers on the rise in Santa Barbara

Feb 24, 2014
Flickr member Damian Gadal

The amount of money spent at local lodging facilities in the City of Santa Barbara saw its largest increase in several years last month with a significant 23.8 percent bump. 

This year-over-year increase in visitor spending helped generate $991,834 in revenue for the city through its 12 percent Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), the vast majority of which goes into the general fund. A smaller portion of the TOT is set aside for creek restoration and water quality improvements.

DataQuick

Central Coast home prices shot up last month according to the latest report released by the number crunchers at San Diego-based DataQuick.

The San Luis Obispo County real estate market saw a strong year-over-year January with an increase in both the number of homes sold and the overall median sales price. A total of 261 properties were sold countywide during the first month of 2014, up 19.7 percent from the previous year. The median price of those homes also rose to $400,000, up 5.5 percent.

Most Americans are not aware the problems that caused the collapse of Wall Street in 2008 remain prevalent today.  Investment analyst Larry Doyle exposes the corruption in his book, In Bed With Wall Street.

Central Coast Voices addresses the many ramifications of change and how today's choices will affect tomorrow's community.  The show's topics and guests focus on raising public awareness through credible and valid information about local and regional concerns.