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Housing affordability hits a decade low in Tulare County

California Association of Realtors says only 65% of households can afford an entry level home By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – The number of families who can afford to buy a home in Tulare County is at a low for the decade since the housing market crashed.  According to a report released earlier this month […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending Aug. 11, 2018

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn and sorghum is in various stages of growth. Some corn and sorghum are beginning to be harvested for silage. Cotton and black-eyed beans continue to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa is being cut, dried, and baled. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: With high mid-summer temperatures, stone fruit […]

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College of the Sequoias to provide training for Valley workers at Faraday Future plant in Hanford

@TheSunGazette TULARE — College of the Sequoias is training workers for the jobs of the future, Faraday Future to be exact. College of Sequoias (COS) Training Resource Center will be providing Essential Skills training at its Hanford Center facility to new employees at Faraday Future, a California technology company developing intelligent electric vehicles. Faraday, which is […]

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Tariffs impact Valley economy

A quarter of businesses report importing materials as being more difficult, but the same number support the idea of tariffs @TheSunGazette FRESNO – New federally imposed import tariffs have had an impact on Valley companies but many businesses support the idea of raising tariffs to even the playing field.  About one-fourth of firms reported tariffs […]

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City of Tulare welcomes chain business boom

New chain stores begin locating to the city of Tulare bringing the potential of increased tax dollars and jobs  By Nancy Vigran Reporter for The Sun-Gazette TULARE – Tulare is all a-buzz. And, in a good way. There’s a lot of new business coming in the works. New business not only makes shopping easier, but […]

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Business Cents: The Sequence of Returns

Provided by Garrett German What exactly is the “sequence of returns”? The phrase simply describes the yearly variation in an investment portfolio’s rate of return. Across 20 or 30 years of saving and investing for the future, what kind of impact do these deviations from the average return have on a portfolio’s final value?  The […]

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County offers free training for industrial supervisors

COS Training Center course is part of Tulare County Workforce Investment Board’s (WIB) UpSkill Tulare County initiative @TheSunGazette TULARE — Most managers are good employees but the reverse is rarely true. Managers are usually selected from the few employees who show the motivation and work ethic to excel at their job and interest and desire […]

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County unemployment rate remains low

9.6% unemployment rate for June is down from last year, slightly higher than May @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – Tulare County’s unemployment rate increased slightly in June but is still lower than a year ago.  The unemployment rate for the Visalia-Porterville metropolitan statistical area (MSA) increased from 8.5% in May to 9.6% in June, 0.1% lower […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending August 4, 2018

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn is in various stages of growth. Some of corn is beginning to be harvested for silage. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa is being cut, dried and baled. Black-eyed beans are being exported to Malaysia and Australia.  DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: As July comes […]

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DA deletes three positions

County will not renew contract for victim services but services will be provided from another county @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – The District Attorney’s Office laid off three employees last month, but only one of them is leaving. On July 24, District Attorney Tim Ward notified the Tulare County Board of Supervisors his office would not […]

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