Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Economic Research

Western Economic Developments August 1996

Date of Publication: 1996-08-01

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Executive Summary

  • Economic growth in California accelerated in the second quarter, and the state unemployment rate fell about 1/2 percentage point.
  • The Washington state economy is beginning to show the effects of a pickup in business at Boeing Aircraft Co..
  • Relatively rapid growth continued in Oregon and in the Intermountain states, but a few major high-tech employers in these areas recently announced the scaling back of planned operations.
  • Fast expansion of high-technology businesses has fueled rapid growth in parts of California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Intermountain states. An analysis of the diverse trends among high-tech firms suggests that parts of California and the Pacific Northwest are better-positioned than the Intermountain states to take advantage of further near-term growth in high-tech industries.