Know What’s Ahead

The world is rapidly changing. Knowing what to expect is critical today and will be in the future.


Economic analysis and forecasts from our award-winning Chief Economist Scott Anderson and his team help keep you informed whether you are a business decision maker, investor, or consumer.


Scott Anderson is the Chief Economist for Bank of the West. He analyzes international, national, and regional economic trends and provides forecasts for the bank management, business lines, and clients. He is a recipient of the NABE Outlook Award for most accurate economic forecaster.



U.S. Outlook

A weekly report with analysis of current U.S. economic activity and longer-term economic and interest rate forecasts.



How Tight is the U.S. Labor Market?

January 21, 2022

One of the primary objectives of the Fed’s dual mandate is maximum employment. Read more >

Port Delays, Inflation, and Omicron Limits Retail Sales

January 14, 2022

We received new data today on retail sales and consumer sentiment for December and it was decidedly sobering. Read more >

More Evidence Full Employment Has Been Reached

January 7, 2022

The December Employment Report was a huge miss on headline job growth. Read more >

Instant Analysis

Insights on the day’s U.S. economic releases and Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meetings and minutes.

January 20, 2022
Initial Claims Jump and Existing Home Sales Drop

Existing home sales tumbled 4.6% in December, well below the consensus forecast expecting a decrease of 0.6%, and down from the upwardly revised 2.2% advance in November. Read more >



California Outlook

A quarterly analysis of California’s major economic regions and labor, housing, income, spending, and demographic trends.



California Economic Outlook – December 2021

January 10, 2022

Job growth in California has averaged near 5.0% from a year ago for the past six months with November’s job gain dropping to just a 3.3% annualized pace, suggesting the easiest post-crisis job gains are likely in the rearview mirror.
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California Economic Outlook – August 2021

August 2, 2020

Job growth in California slowed for four consecutive months to 73,500 in June, after a strong one-time February gain of 156,100 jobs as leisure and hospitality, personal services, and restaurants and bars reopened.
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California Economic Outlook – April 2021

April 28, 2021

California job growth rebounded strongly on service and restaurant business reopenings in February, but moderated a bit in March.
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The Economics of Climate Change in California

Bank of the West Chief Economist Scott Anderson addresses the risks and opportunities that climate change poses in California.

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