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UPDATED: Jun 26, 2014, 7:06am MST
With an economy that rivals some nations, it comes as no surprise California and its jobs spark envy in other states. More than a few have made it plain they want to pick off companies that power the Golden State’s massive economic engine.
Click on the photo for the top six states that want to steal California jobs.
California has been churning out jobs, thanks to Twitter, Salesforce and Dropbox, but there have been some high-profile exits. Union Bank’s parent company announced in May it was leaving San Francisco for New York. It joins Bank of America and Transamerica as companies that no longer call California home. Toyota recently moved its North American headquarters to Texas.
Meanwhile, politicians like Texas Gov. Rick Perry make no secret of their plans to wooCalifornia companies. Charles Schwab has said it will move 1,000 jobs out of San Francisco to places like Colorado and Texas over the next three to five years.
Should we be worried? State authorities don’t appear terribly concerned.
Parts of the state are still shaking off the recession, but the Golden State is churning out jobs. Through October 2013, California led the nation in job creation with 223,900 new jobs. It’s a national leader in several sectors, including manufacturing, high tech, biotech and agriculture. A wave of tech jobs has boosted San Francisco to statistical full employment. However, the statewide jobless rate through May, 7.6 percent, was nearly a full percent above the national average of 6.3 percent.
“A lot of states are looking at California because they want what we have,” said Brook Taylor, deputy director with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “We’re not necessarily engaging them in a back and forth because, frankly, we see California as a global competitor.”
Those thoughts were echoed by Rob Linscheid, president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
“We’ve been rather successful the last three years in job creation,” he said. In conversations with leaders of other chambers of commerce around the country, Linscheid said he did not get the sense that other states were trying to steal California jobs specifically. They did want to know how California and San Francisco in particular were creating so many new jobs, he said.
“We’re really a model throughout the country,” Linscheid said. “Tech jobs have only been 25 percent of our growth. What we’ve done that’s been good is have an environment where investment occurs. Private equity, angel investors, investor funds, help to get these companies off the ground.”
Still, San Francisco has not been able to keep all of its employers in city limits. Both Chevron and Visa have left the city for different California communities, San Ramon and Foster City, respectively.
The California Chamber of Commerce has not returned requests for comment, yet.
Richard Procter is an intern for the San Francisco Business Times.
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