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Forbes Names L.A. in #6 in its ' 10 U.S. Cities In Free Fall' List

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Based on some statistics, Forbes this week released its list of cities in free fall. The magazine is not citing the city's current budget crisis, rather more regional problems. According to Forbes, the Los Angeles-Long Beach area has experienced...

  • Net Population Change, 2006-2009: 1.27%
  • Per Capita Gross Domestic Product: $55,236.27
  • Change in New Building Permits, February 2007-February 2010: -51.07%
  • Change in Unemployment, January 2007-January 2010: 163.83%
  • Change in New Jobs Added, February 2007 - February 2010: -8.51%
  • Change in Median Home Price from Market Peak: -29%

The region tied for 6th along with the Sacramento and Orlando areas. Forbes calls California a "Sand States" because of rampant overbuilding. "California cities are struggling too. Riverside, Los Angeles and Sacramento are suffering because of the knocks they took after their inflated housing markets began to plummet," noted the magazine.