Campus: CSU, Bakersfield -- February 3, 2000

Kern Economic Journal About To Be Published

A comprehensive look at Kern County's economy is now available quarterly from the Center for Economic Education and Research at California State University, Bakersfield.

The Kern Economic Journal is about to publish its fourth quarterly issue this month (February), said Abbas Grammy, a CSUB economics professor and chairman of the Economics Department.

The 18-page journal is divided into three sections: quarterly reports, local economic issues and regional economics issues. Readers can expect to find stories and analyses on such issues as Kern's business outlook, Bakersfield consumer sentiment, non-farm employment in Kern County, Bakersfield cost of living, women and minority business ownership, and the economics of urban sprawl. They'll also find regular reports on Kern's agriculture and oil industries. Regional reports include workforce preparation strategies for the San Joaquin Valley and developments in the California economy.

"This journal provides a comprehensive look at the economy in Kern County and the southern San Joaquin Valley," Grammy said. "While other federal and state government reports give a broad look at the economy, our report will provide local business people and government officials a close look at the economic conditions at home."

For example, he said, the state's unemployment rate is always 3 or 4 percentage points lower than that in Kern County. That's due to Kern's unique economy, which is heavily influenced by oil and agriculture. "This journal takes that, among other things, into account," he said.

Grammy said he and economics professor Mark Evans, who have studied Kern County's economy for many years, are the principal contributors to the journal, along with other members of the Economics Department. He also said local business leaders are invited to contribute to the journal.

Subscription rate for Kern Economic Journal is $40 per year, he said. Those interested in subscribing may send their check to the Center for Economic Education and Research, Department of Economics, CSUB, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield 93311-1099. To receive a complimentary initial copy, please call the department at 661/664-2460.

Also, interested persons can visit the journal's website at, or e-mail Grammy at

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