Over the past 15 years, 1.5 million more people have left California than have moved here from other states, according to estimates from the California Department of Finance. Remarkably, even in the face of this outflow, California still experiences net gains of college graduates (those with at least a bachelor’s degree). Over the past five years, California ranks second among all states in net gains of college graduates from other states, even as it ranks first in net losses of less educated adults.
The company [Avnet] is closing two of its three Silicon Valley facilities and laying off nearly 100 employees as it moves its manufacturing operations out of state.
Kellogg Co., the multinational food producing company, plans to lay off 230 employees and close its Northern California sales office in Roseville.
The Castroville manufacturing and distribution center will officially close July 3, 2017, and all 183 employees will be laid off. Keurig has owned the warehouse since 2010.
The apparent growing appetite for suburban living presents a unique challenge to California. The state policy is aggressively anti-suburban, placing ever-higher hurdles on any development on the periphery. This, over time, is slowing construction in the interior and forcing housing prices unnaturally up, even in these areas.
Some so-called progressives hail these trends, as forcing what they seem to see as less desirable elements — that is, working- and middle-class people — out of the state. They allege that this is balanced out by a surge of highly educated workers coming to California. Essentially, the model is that of a gated community, with a convenient servant base nearby.