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In California's Inland Empire, fewer than half of jobs pay a living wage

At first glance, the economy of California's Inland Empire looks rosy.

The vast area encompassing Riverside and San Bernardino counties has added 200,000 jobs since the peak of the recession. Payrolls are swelling at a year-over-year rate of 2.5 percent, faster than in neighboring Los Angeles County or California overall.

The jobless rate is down to 4.1 percent, and the spectacular growth of the warehouse and transportation industries seems unstoppable, fueled by the region's e-commerce appetite along with the fact that, despite the current trade dispute with China, the port complex of Los Angeles and Long Beach remains the main hub of imports

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