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Ports of L.A. and Long Beach see best year since before recession
Ports of L.A. and Long Beach see best year since before recession

The nation's busiest port complex saw its best year since before the Great Recession, a sign of renewed economic strength across the country. Analysts said the cargo increase at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — coming despite severe problems moving cargo off the docks and uncertainties over a new dockworker contract — shows that the U.S. economy is kicking into a higher gear. "We are throwing off the shackles of the recession," international trade economist Jock O'Connell said. Locally, logistic jobs increased and dockworker pay surged as businesses throughout the United States ordered more products from Asia to meet growing demand at home....

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