“I think the first component is the very large tech surge in the Bay Area,” he said. “The second component that’s done very well is trade and tourism,” which is centered in Southern California, home to several ports and tourist destinations. Prior to drought, agriculture in the Central Valley also contributed significantly, he said.
“This is just a reminder that California is in a strong recovery and is coming back,” Levy said.
Texas and New York also have economies larger than many countries. Texas’s $1.5 trillion gross state product puts it behind Australia, and New York’s $1.3 trillion puts it behind South Korea.
California and Texas are among the 13 states with gross state product growth that outpaced the United States in 2013, many of them in the West and Midwest. “It’s largely resource based,” Levy said. “Most of it is oil and gas.”