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Creative Workforce Contributes $374 Billion and Rising to California’s Gross Product

May 19, 2016
The results of the 2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California were unveiled on May 11 in a hearing of the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts. 
 
Now in its third year, the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California features an expansion highlighting local creative industries via eight regional snapshots, developed with support from the California Arts Council. The regions include: Bay Area, Capital Region, Central Coast, Inland Empire, Central Valley, San Diego- Imperial Valley, Los Angeles-Orange County, and Upstate California.

“The statewide Otis Report has been a game-changer for California’s arts field over the past three years,” said Craig Watson, director, California Arts Council. “California’s competitive edge nationally, and globally, is made possible as a result of innovative and creative leaders investing in our towns and cities. Now, with the new regional snapshots made available in this year’s report, local communities can pinpoint the direct role they play in advancing the success of their region, and of our entire state.”

California had the largest number of creative industry workers in the nation in 2014 with 722,600 direct workers and the creative economy’s net economic contribution was equivalent to 9.4 percent of California’s gross state product in 2014.


 
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