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San Diego lost 15,300 jobs in November from a year ago, and 2,200 from October, according to data from the state's Economic Development Corp. The unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, the same as the revised rate of October, but well above the 4.9 percent rate of November, 2007. It was above the national rate of 6.5 percent, but below the state rate of 8.3 percent. Between October and November of this year, leisure and hospitality jobs contracted by 1,700, with hotels and motels losing 800. This is not a good sign. Construction jobs were down by 1,500. Over the last year, retail jobs declined by 6,400. Grocery jobs actually grew, but employment shrank at clothing accessory stores, auto-related outlets and all other retail categories.

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Fred Williams Dec. 19, 2008 @ 10:55 a.m.

With consumers finally coming to their senses, saving and paying down debts, the malls are going to be emptying out. Watch for closures in early '09, accelerating all year, further driving retail unemployment.

Only those who actually make things people need (not want) are in a safe position. Those in the middle, merely moving goods between parties without adding real value, are not well-suited for survival in this economy.

The "fun" jobs San Diego has nurtured in tourism, retail, hospitality, entertainment, are the first to go in serious times.

Frivolous spending is giving way to austerity, so massive subsidies for football and baseball ought to be on the city's chopping block to free up money for basic necessities.

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JulieParrots Dec. 19, 2008 @ 2:33 p.m.

Yes, yes, yes, one more reason why we shouldn't pay for another stadium. Down with the unnecessary spending. As for malls, yes we don't need endless clothing and shoe stores. Let's axe all that nonsense as well.

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JulieParrots Dec. 19, 2008 @ 2:36 p.m.

What San Diego needs are more "bike friendly" areas on the road or even seperate "bike paths" so people who want to ride their bike to work or the grocery store can, without having to get run over by people in autos.

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Don Bauder Dec. 19, 2008 @ 7:24 p.m.

Response to post #1: What you describe is already happening, as numbers indicate. Retailers are in deep trouble: consumers will be reluctant to go into debt and buy, and they may snap up what they do purchase online. Note that grocery jobs are increasing, but the other retail jobs are drying up -- just what could be expected. Good analysis, Fred. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 19, 2008 @ 7:26 p.m.

Response to post #2: The thought of another subsidized stadium in this economy makes one wonder if San Diego has gone collectively insane. Petco Park is already draining the city coffers. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 19, 2008 @ 7:28 p.m.

Response to post #3: I agree. Bicycles are the way to go. Best, Don Bauder

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JulieParrots Dec. 20, 2008 @ 1:22 a.m.

With unemployment rising and more people losing their homes. I'm curious to see how it is affecting families and their children. Does this mean school attendance will be lower now because they will be in shelters or what?

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Don Bauder Dec. 20, 2008 @ 7:47 a.m.

Response to post #7: Certainly, children are deeply affected as foreclosures mount and families move to lesser quarters, including shelters. I don't know what this will do to school enrollments. It's a good question and maybe some of our posters have some answers. Best, Don Bauder

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