Merced County’s Manufacturing Sectors Grows Fastest in Nation

Merced County’s increase of 2,200 manufacturing jobs from January 2014 to January 2015 was 26.2 percent, far outstripping second-place Danville’s [IL] 14.9 percent.

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Third of Part-Time Workers Would Rather Work Full-Time

Full-time, permanent employment is getting closer to pre-recession levels, but part-time workers are still struggling to find full-time jobs, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.

The study found 32 percent of part-time workers say they want to work full time but haven’t been able to land a full-time job.

Of those, 31 percent say they are the sole breadwinner in their household, and 39 percent say they struggle to make ends meet financially. One in four part-time workers who want full-time jobs said they currently work two or more jobs.

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California Spotlights Cities that Streamline Permitting

In California’s continuing effort to attract new and expanding businesses, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has launched a new web page titled “Breaking Through Barriers to Doing Business “that praises those streamlining permitting in the state.”

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Did California Try Hard Enough to Land Tesla’s Gigafactory?

Most believe California has reacted slowly to being regarded as one of the most anti-business environments in the country. The simple fact that California initially was not even on the short list should give folks in Sacramento heartburn!

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Valley Businesses Learn to Comply with ADA after Wave of Lawsuits

Small businesses in the Central Valley are increasingly finding themselves the targets of ADA claims by a handful of people who file lawsuit after lawsuit claiming discrimination. In fact, nearly 40 percent of the ADA lawsuits filed in the United States are in California. Tort reform advocates say that is largely because our state’s Unruh Civil Rights Act paves the way for bigger awards and California doesn’t require plaintiffs to demonstrate injury.

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