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Los Angeles industrial labor force will shift east over time

Central Los Angeles hosts the largest concentration of industrial workers throughout SoCal due in part to the cluster of industrial distribution centers.

January 16, 2019
  • Central Los Angeles hosts the largest concentration of industrial workers throughout Southern California due in part to the cluster of industrial distribution centers found throughout the area. Long Beach serves as a similarly large hotspot given its proximity to the port.
  • Surprisingly, the Inland Empire shows a noticeably smaller concentration of industrial labor, despite being a leading industrial market within the region and the country. Much of that disparity can be attributed to LA’s high rate of density, which is 15 times greater than the IE’s.
  • However, as distribution centers continue to pop-up throughout the Inland Empire, it is likely that those labor concentrations will shift eastward. Last year, the Inland Empire welcomed a net of 15,000 new residents to the market, while Los Angeles lost a net of 34,000 residents. As that type of growth continues, we should expect to see new concentrations of industrial labor spike throughout the Inland Empire.

Source: JLL Research

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