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The San Diego County unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent in June, up from a revised 5.8 percent in May. The county gained 9700 jobs in the month.

Leisure and hospitality jobs rose by 3000 in the month. Almost 60 percent of that was in arts, entertainment, and recreation, which added 1700 jobs. Over the year, jobs rose by 34,600.

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JustWondering July 18, 2014 @ 2:10 p.m.

So what you and and the numbers are saying is entry level or minimum wage jobs are growing, while real middle class jobs/careers are not? Is this the new economy promised by our political leaders?

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Don Bauder July 18, 2014 @ 3:48 p.m.

JustWondering: There is no question that in San Diego and throughout the U.S., the quality of jobs has gone down considerably. Job gains are very often in the low-paying categories.The unemployment rate does not pick this up. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell July 19, 2014 @ 11:51 a.m.

Most local employers fill middle-class type jobs by recruiting experienced workers from outside the area. As a result, recent college graduates are stuck with minimum wage jobs and cannot reach the first rung of the middle class ladder. Local unemployed workers with middle-class job skills are forced to compete against hundreds of applicants from outside the area for a single job opening. This explains why there's always high unemployment even when the local economy is producing jobs. The jobs are being filled by transplants, not locals who already live here. This has the effect of driving apartments rents and housing pricing into the stratosphere, while creating a large underclass of college graduates who will never escape their minimum wage jobs. San Diego's economy has evolved into something that is truly sick and perverted.

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Don Bauder July 20, 2014 @ 7:43 a.m.

Burwell: Good points. Look at the number of college grads forced to take low-paying jobs in the leisure industry -- waitresses, bartenders, hotel clerks, etc. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder July 19, 2014 @ 12:48 p.m.

Don - There should be some way of separating all these jobs created and lost by the amount that they pay or did pay, because if that were done I bet the "stats" would show that only low paying jobs are being created while many more high paying jobs are be lost...

If that turns out to be true, then even worse times are ahead for everyone that is not already wealthy.

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Don Bauder July 20, 2014 @ 7:49 a.m.

Founder: One of the major points of the groundbreaking book by economist Thomas Piketty is that the situation will get worse. The sons and daughters of the 1 percent will inherit vast sums. The way the income of the 1 percent keeps billowing while the middle class stagnates is partly a result of huge political spending by people like the multi-billionaire Koch brothers. The Kochs are Greed Incarnate.

Congress, the Supreme Court, and many if not most regulatory agencies are in the pockets of the superrich. This was true in the Robber Baron era, too. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan July 19, 2014 @ 1:54 p.m.

Why does it take jumping into an unnecessary war to create necessary jobs? Didn't somebody promise to bring back over seas jobs? The military kids have suffered enough!

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Founder July 19, 2014 @ 3:01 p.m.

Yes, except fora small percentage, most money spent on War is sucked up by the military industrial complex.

Iraq is a perfect example!

And that does not include all the Billions in cash that has disappeared.

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Don Bauder July 20, 2014 @ 7:58 a.m.

Founder: There was one reason for going into Iraq: oil. Cheney manipulated the CIA reports and lied to Bush to create the propaganda that swayed the public and politicians.

He had a meeting with oil companies before the war. No doubt they were carving up Iraqi oil fields and transportation systems. (Remember how hard he fought in courts to make sure that the facts about that meeting were not made public?)

Now Cheney is at it again: the other day he said that we don't have to spend on infrastructure or entitlements like food stamps -- everything should go to the military. His Halliburton would like that.

Cheney should have been tried for war crimes. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 20, 2014 @ 7:52 a.m.

shirleyberan: I honestly feel Obama does not want to send our troops to the Middle East. But the situation seems to be getting out of control. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke July 20, 2014 @ 8:27 a.m.

Don you do a great job. On the Middle East we should get out and stay out. They have been fighting for thousands of years. Freedom and democracy are not a religion. There is no one in the Middle East that is worth one American life. Like Viet Nam we apparently have learned nothing.

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Don Bauder July 20, 2014 @ 10:41 a.m.

AlexClarke: The Sunnis and Shias have been at war since the 800s -- about 1200 years of hatred and bloodshed. People expect Obama to rectify the situation in a couple of months. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan July 19, 2014 @ 4 p.m.

Founder - you mean the great "patriot nationalists" of this country who look out for us? Those billion dollar suckers?

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Don Bauder July 20, 2014 @ 8:01 a.m.

shirleyberan: The Texas oilmen who ran the country during the fraudulent runup to the Iraq war -- Cheney and Bush -- were hardly patriot nationalists. This was one of the great disgraces of American history. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan July 20, 2014 @ 11:08 a.m.

U.S. needs to wise up and stop rewarding mobster criminality. Maybe there would be enough for all instead of leaving us at the bottom of the pecking order to squabble over scraps. Wasn't supposed to be class divide this impossilble to surmount.

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Don Bauder July 20, 2014 @ 2:14 p.m.

shirleyberan: Yes, the U.S. should stop rewarding mobster criminality. Beware the president who tries to do that. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan July 20, 2014 @ 4:47 p.m.

But that would mean that over half the (voters) population persist in voting progressive.

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Don Bauder July 21, 2014 @ 12:47 p.m.

shirleyberan: That would leave a lot of people to support in prison. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan July 20, 2014 @ 4:58 p.m.

Don - if they are aware of history, knowledgable. Today another opera from the PBS series (6) Great Performances at the Met. "Prince Igor", last week was something with Fleming, bad recall. They said "La Boheme" coming soon. Schedule is online but has been Sunday afternoons. Sweet music!

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Don Bauder July 21, 2014 @ 12:51 p.m.

shirleyberan: Prince Igor was written by Borodin, but it was finished by Rimsky-Korsakov. The Met's production last season was generally hailed. The Polovetsian Dances are incredibly beautiful. La Boheme is such a war horse that it always fills opera houses. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan July 21, 2014 @ 2:30 p.m.

Don - time to change the drug laws, let nonviolent prisoners out. What's that statistic, half the 2 million incarcerated people, then count their abandoned family members. Can't vote, that's advantageous to the oligarchy.

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Don Bauder July 21, 2014 @ 3:48 p.m.

shirleyberan: I agree wholeheartedly and will go a step further. One of the reasons the United States has so many people in prisons is that private for-profit companies are managing many of those prisons. They lobby Congress and state legislatures for laws that put more offenders in prison. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan July 21, 2014 @ 3:34 p.m.

Rehab program option. So what if they smoke pot? It will be legal at some point. They use drug/alcohol testing on probation to penalize forever. Sick system and not justified.

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Don Bauder July 21, 2014 @ 3:51 p.m.

shirleyberan: Agreed. Eventually, pot will be legalized in most if not all states. That will improve today's stupid criminal justice system. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan July 21, 2014 @ 3:40 p.m.

Is this free (slave) government sanctioned labor in the prison for profit business?

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Don Bauder July 21, 2014 @ 3:54 p.m.

shirleyberan: You seem to be asking whether in the instances in which jail and prison inmates perform labor, the penal institutions get reimbursed. If so, I would hardly call it a profit. The fact is I don't know whether penal institutions get reimbursed for their prisoners' physical labor. Best, Don Bauder

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