September 27, 2017

The Bay Area’s Economy Grew at the Strongest Rate in the Nation in 2016

Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her expert take on state and regional economic trends.

  • At 5.2 percent, the Bay Area’s¹ gross domestic product (GDP) grew at the fastest rate in the nation and among California metropolitan areas in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area 2017. The Bay Area’s GDP grew three times faster than the national rate of 1.5 percent and twice as fast as the state rate of 2.9 percent. Real GDP growth in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan area was led by gains in the in finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing industries.
  • The Austin-Round Rock, Texas metro area was the second fastest-growing economy, with GDP growth of 4.9 percent. Growth there was led by the professional and business services sector.
  • Within the Bay Area, San Jose outperformed all other California metro areas, with a GDP increase of 5.9 percent, followed by San Francisco-Oakland, with a gain of 5.4 percent. Both regions benefited from gains in the tech sector, while San Francisco’s financial sector posted growth.


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