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County unemployment rate stays steady

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in November, unchanged from October. In November of 2013, the rate was 7 percent. Between October and November of this year, the county gained 13,500 jobs. Over the year, the increase was 43,000 jobs.

However, incomes have been dropping as the unemployment rate has declined. According to the Department of Numbers, inflation-adjusted median household income in 2007 was $69,425. Through the end of last year, it had dropped to $61,426.

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The San Diego County unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in November, unchanged from October. In November of 2013, the rate was 7 percent. Between October and November of this year, the county gained 13,500 jobs. Over the year, the increase was 43,000 jobs.

However, incomes have been dropping as the unemployment rate has declined. According to the Department of Numbers, inflation-adjusted median household income in 2007 was $69,425. Through the end of last year, it had dropped to $61,426.

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43000 jobs sounds like a lot and a good deal. How many were good jobs but what kind of jobs? Did they pay a living wage? Have healthcare benefits? Have pension benefits? Were they all full time 40 hour a week jobs? Or the new 32 hour fulltime jobs? Were they top end or low end? How many were solid middle class hourly jobs?

Dec. 19, 2014

AlexClarke: The unemployment stats don't delve into the excellent questions you ask. That's why I often tack on to the end of these reports the fact that household income has been falling while employment has been rising. There is no question: people have worse jobs than they had before.

Yet in San Diego, which has one of the highest costs of living in the nation, the business community opposes an increase in the minimum wage. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 19, 2014

Considering that those employment additions include individuals on foreign student visas (J), over 120,000 H-1B visa's, L-1 foreign visa, O visa's for performers, but a highly abused class of foreign workers (e.i. back-up singer or technicians qualify), the U.S. actually is not adding employment of unemployed U.S. citizens, but adding new jobs for foreign nationals. In fact, leaving the 50,000 Latin/Mexican border jumpers that the U.S economy absorbs, an equally startling amount of "legal" immigrants are granted legal residency. At least 50,000 immigrants are admitted to legal residence on U.S. soil every month, using money, education or profession as their calling card. Over 500,000 people a year come to the U.S under various Visa and pay-to-play programs. Adding residents at a rate larger than the population of San Jose every 12 months. They stagnate wages, take high paying - engineering and programming jobs - but when the U.S. companies, like Qualcomm lay off employees, the H1-B (mostly Indian nationals) remain and the U.S. citizenship holding engineer walks to the unemployment office. That is why the "County unemployment rate stays steady................."

Dec. 19, 2014

Ponzi: I have written a lot about the abuses of the H-1B program. It has the effect of lowering the overall wage level of engineers. Also, those who come here on the H-1B program in effect are living in a state of indentured servitude. Companies such as Qualcomm lobby Washington to open up the H-1B program to bring in more of these foreign residents. Most take middle- or lower-level tech jobs. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 20, 2014

All this sounds like corporate owned government is looking at a revolution.

Dec. 21, 2014

AlexClarke: I have been writing for a long time that the vast gap in wealth and income and the lobbyist-centered corporate control of Congress as well as state and local governments -- a la the Robber Baron Days -- would spark a peaceful revolution. It hasn't.

In the Robber Baron days, the people rebelled. Not now. Not yet, anyway. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 21, 2014

We are frogs in the pot of slowly warming water.

Dec. 21, 2014

ImJustABill: But doesn't the frog sometimes jump out of the pot? Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 21, 2014

Where can us frogs go? The USA pot is starting to boil but I'm not sure there are any better pots out there.

Dec. 21, 2014

ImJustABill: There is a better pot. A more just USA with a far smaller gap between the upper 1 percent and the rest of the nation. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 22, 2014

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