Business & Economy

Forecasters say Southern California economy gaining strength

Forecasters say rising tourism, a thriving entertainment industry and a jump in international trade projections will help strengthen Southern California's economy.

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. says in it's forecast released Wednesday that there are positive signs after years of recession.

But researchers say the economy remains weak because of lingering high unemployment, tight credit and a struggling housing and construction industries.

Chief economist Nancy Sidhu says researchers believe that, rather than a relapse, the economy will grow.

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