From Farmers to Assemblers to Engineers

There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.

—Edward Abbey, author and environmentalist

Big. That simple three-letter word speaks volumes about California’s economy. That’s because if separated from the rest of the United States, the totality of the state’s economy would be equal in size to the eighth-largest nation in the world. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the gross domestic product (GDP) of California in 2009 was $1.74 trillion, ...

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