California Business Roundtable debuts new economic database

The California Business Roundtable will unveil its new database on the state’s economy Thursday morning.

The organization of corporate leaders has set up a nonprofit subsidiary, the Center for Jobs and the Economy, to maintain the database, which is open to the public free of charge.

The database uses data from federal, state and local government sources on economic issues, such as employment and unemployment numbers and rates, not only for the state as a whole, but for regions, counties, legislative districts and demographic groups. The organization says it intends to expand the parameters of the site as more data become available and users express preferences.

Robert Lapsley, president of the Business Roundtable, says while the organization has political goals relating to the business climate, the new organization will deal strictly with data from official sources and will not be used for any political efforts.

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