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Tuolumne County’s Economy Improving?

Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce has released the results of its annual business survey for the year 2010.


“Looking at the results overall, I think there was more optimism in the business community last year, than in the previous year,” says George Segarini, Chamber President and CEO. “Regarding the question of whether Tuolumne County is a good place to do business, 81 percent said yes and 12 percent said no. This is one of the highest percentages (81) we’ve ever had in that particular category. “


In 2009, only 68 percent said yes, and 25 percent said no. On the other spectrum, the results show that the retail sector was down last year, and Tuolumne County business leaders are pessimistic about the chances of the national economy improving this year.


The survey was filled out by Chamber members, and around 11 percent chose to take part.


The results are listed below:


1. Type of Business Reporting


Retail 28%
Service 63%
Mfg. 9%


2. Business this year compared to a year ago


  Up  Down  Same
Retail  22%  56%    22%
Service  40%  30%       25%
Mfg.  67%  0%  23%
Total  31%  41%    22%



3. I intend to expand the business in the near future


  Yes  No
Retail  11%  89%
Service  40%  60%
Mfg.  23%   67%
Total  31%  69%


4. I intend to hire more employees in the near future.


  Yes  No


Retail  11%  89%
Service    45%  55%
Mfg.  23%  67%
Total  34%  66%


5. I intend to downsize in the next 3 years


  Yes    No
Retail  11%  89%
Service 5%  95%
Mfg.  23%  67%
Total  9%  91%


6. The current employee pool has the type of experienced person I’m looking to hire


  Yes  No
Retail  67%  33%
Service  70%  15%
Mfg.  23%  23%
Total  66%  22%



7. Work ethic is very important to me as an employer


  Yes  No
Retail  100%  0%
Service  100%  0%
Mfg.  100%  0%
Total  100%  0%


8. I believe the national economy will continue to decline this year (2009)


  Yes  No
Retail   56%  44%
Service    55%  45%
Mfg.  23%  67%
Total  53%  47%


9. I believe the local economy will expand this year


  Yes    No
Retail  56%  44%
Service   60% 40%
Mfg.  23%  67%
Total  56%  44%


10. Tuolumne County is a good place to do business


          Yes  No
Retail  78% 11%
Service  85% 15%
Mfg.  67% 0%
Total  81% 12%


11. The county needs more emphasis on tourism to draw visitors


    Yes  No
Retail   44%  33%
Service  70% 25%
Mfg.  0%  23%
Total  56% 28%



12. Do you know about the Business Alliance of Tuolumne County


  Yes    No
Retail  78%   22%
Service    75%  25%
Mfg.  100%   0%
Total  77%  23%


13. Do you believe the County is currently moving in the right direction regarding economic development


        Yes  No
Retail   78% 11%
Service  85% 10%
Mfg.  67% 0%
Total  81% 10%