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Guess Which US State Just Surpassed UK to Become the 5th Largest Economy in The World?

America as a country is very proud of the fact that it is looked up to as a ‘World Power.’ All across the globe, every country wishes to become like it and emulate the rapid economic advancement it enjoys. However, one if it’s states has just been named the world’s 5th strongest economy, even surpassing the UK. A recent report that was released by the latest federal statistics had all the numbers that confirmed that California’s economic strength surpasses that of Britain. Now, this sunny state is the 5th largest economy among all the nations.

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The gross domestic product or GDP for the state of California jumped to a mean $127 billion during the financial year 2016-2017, as reveal the statistics. In the meanwhile, the UK has been experiencing a slight downturn of late. Britain’s economic productivity went down a tad bit when it was weighed against the American dollar. The factor that brought about this low achievement was indirectly related to the unstable exchange values. The figures point to the hurried intensity of just how California’s economy has exponentially grown. California is one place where almost 40 million people dwell, add to that a burgeoning industry fueled by technological development, all based in the famed Silicon Valley. And we can’t ignore the fact that California houses Hollywood, the headquarters of entertainment throughout the world. Then, we have to also factor in the valley-based salad bank or the American ‘salad bowl,’ that can be considered the hinterland of farming and agriculture.


Every industry with economic value and with steady revenue-generation quality has helped to encourage California’s heightened GDP. But agriculture wasn’t really considered in these sectors as it didn’t contribute exponentially to this state’s growth. Irena Asmundson, a senior economist with the Department of Finance in California, made this assertion.

The breakdown of every one of the sector’s role for the overall advancement is given as follows;

(I). Financial providers and real estate topped the list of the major contributors and earners with $26 billion.

(II). Closely following behind is the information industry. This comprises of a lot of companies that specialize themselves in technology. The information industry earned $20 billion.

(III). Third comes the manufacturing sector which grossed nearly $10 billion. 

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The year 2002 was the last time that the state of California got to this position in this prestigious ranking of the world’s economy was in. Although it dropped all the way to the 10th rank 10 years later in 2012, all because of the Great Recession. Since the dip, California, (which also has the highest population of people in USA) has accumulated 2 million employment opportunities and advanced its own GDP to $700 billion (approximately). The economic productivity of the state has currently surpassed the entire American GDP, and that of Japan, Germany and China.

The professionals living in this state explain that it provided for 16 per cent of job advancement in America. That was from 2012 to 2017. The part of the states in the country’s economy also went forward from 12.8 percent to 14.2 percent during the last 5 years. Lee Ohanian, an economics professor from UCLA, who is also the director of Ettinger Family Program in Macroeconomic Research at UCLA, attributes the employees’ output to the sunny state’s solid economy. Ohanian opined that the employees’ effective work pushes California’s success in regards to the other counterparts in industrialized places. California’s economic steamroller is based in areas close to San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose.

Non-coastal economy slower

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In response to the questions raised regarding the issue, Ohanian notes that those locations in California, that don’t not lie on it’s coast, are not even close to reaching that kind of economic advancement that is enjoyed by it’s coastal counterparts. Estimations were made by California for the actual economic position of the state and it was said to represent the whole country. IMF or the International Monetary Fund gathered the world fiscal statistics and placed it side-by-side with the state standard gross GDP. The resources were taken from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and collated by the American Department of Commerce and IMF data.

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