Twenty years after the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement, advanced manufacturing sectors today extend their supply chains across the United States, Mexico, and Canada, anchored by productive metropolitan hubs in all three countries. With new opportunities emerging to boost North America’s competitiveness for investment and jobs in advanced industries, this first-ever analysis of production and trade among North America’s cities and metropolitan areas reveals that Kern County tops the charts for proportionately large trade relationships with Canada and Mexico (Brookings Institution, November 2013).
- #1 Metro Area With Greater Than 1/3 of International Goods Trade Within North America
- Click here for full report (see page 19) #1 Metro for International Trade Within North America
Kern also led the Central Valley in personal income growth in 2012, even as the county’s year-over-year increase of 6.0 percent was 2.1 percentage points lower than 2011’s rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The Valley’s next highest 2012 personal income growth rate (measured across a federally designated metropolitan statistical area) was that of Madera, with 4.7 percent, followed by Sacramento’s 4.5 percent. Fresno’s rate was 3.6 percent
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