San Diego's Regional Growth Uneven

Researchers find San Diego's regional growth leaving the majority of workers behind.

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September 26, 2000, 11:00 AM PDT

By California 2000

The San Diego-based Center of Policy Initiatives released thereport, "Planning for Shared Prosperity or Growing Inequality: AnIn-Depth look at San Diego's Leading Industry Clusters," which findsthat the percentage of working poor is increasing despite the region'sapparent economic prosperity. The report examines the regional economicplanning strategy of "clusters" as identified by the San DiegoAssociation of Governments and concludes that the 16 clusters includeonly 18% of the labor market. It calls for planners to address theworking class poor of the labor market in order to impact the growinginequity in the region. The researchers state that "few would contestthat creating higher paying jobs is important to our regional economy,but a regional economic strategy that does not consider 82 percent ofall workers is limited at best."

Thanks to California 2000 Project

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