By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/23/14, 6:56 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> County officials and working professionals will likely have a lot to talk about this year at the State of the County address.

According to the recently released 2014-15 Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., California’s unemployment rate is falling, more people are finding jobs, the housing market is improving and budget surpluses are finally in sight. That spells good news for the Inland Empire, which has regained more than 40,000 of the 147,000 jobs lost during the great recession and added 14,000 jobs in 2013 alone, according to the report.

And according to state Employment Development Department, the Inland Empire’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest in more than five years in December to 8.9 percent.

“We’ve experienced a strong amount of economic development coming into the county, and our message will reflect that,” said Kelly Reenders, the county’s economic development agency administrator.

The logistics industry in San Bernardino County is running strong, and the county is starting to see a surge in manufacturing, Reenders said.

Rutherford said other areas of focus will be on education as it applies to future job opportunities and job training.

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