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Yay, more jobs for slaves

County unemployment rate keeps dropping, incomes keep declining

The San Diego County unemployment rate in October declined to 5.8 percent from a revised 5.9 percent in September, according to the California Employment Development Department.

The county added 12,500 jobs over the month, and 34,600 jobs from a year ago. From September to October, government jobs grew the most, up 6800, with a 4100 gain in local education leading the way. Year over year, professional and business services were the big gainer, up 9000 jobs.

But don't do handsprings. Jobs are growing and the unemployment rate is dropping, but incomes are declining adjusted for inflation. Real (inflation-adjusted) median household income in the county dropped from $67,221 in 2005 to $61,426 last year, according to departmentofnumbers.com. It dropped 4.5 percent from 2012 to last year.

Across the United States, the unemployment rate is declining, but inflation-adjusted incomes are also declining. One reason is that people are getting jobs that pay less than the job they had before. This is one explanation why Democrats in the 2014 election did not tout the decline in the unemployment rate during the Obama years; the public knows — or senses — that incomes are down. They were declining in the George W. Bush administration, too. In fact, incomes adjusted for inflation have been declining for decades.

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The San Diego County unemployment rate in October declined to 5.8 percent from a revised 5.9 percent in September, according to the California Employment Development Department.

The county added 12,500 jobs over the month, and 34,600 jobs from a year ago. From September to October, government jobs grew the most, up 6800, with a 4100 gain in local education leading the way. Year over year, professional and business services were the big gainer, up 9000 jobs.

But don't do handsprings. Jobs are growing and the unemployment rate is dropping, but incomes are declining adjusted for inflation. Real (inflation-adjusted) median household income in the county dropped from $67,221 in 2005 to $61,426 last year, according to departmentofnumbers.com. It dropped 4.5 percent from 2012 to last year.

Across the United States, the unemployment rate is declining, but inflation-adjusted incomes are also declining. One reason is that people are getting jobs that pay less than the job they had before. This is one explanation why Democrats in the 2014 election did not tout the decline in the unemployment rate during the Obama years; the public knows — or senses — that incomes are down. They were declining in the George W. Bush administration, too. In fact, incomes adjusted for inflation have been declining for decades.

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Holiday food shopping is a sad occasion. They raise the prices by a pretty good jump every year (Vons). Faces look stressed and many times people ask for money outside.

Nov. 21, 2014

shirleyberan: Psychiatrists do great business in the holidays. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 22, 2014

I remember 30-40 years ago retail clerks union negotiated a very good hourly and benefits. No more.

Nov. 21, 2014

Unions established the benchmark for their sector which then incentivized non union employer to increase wages and benefits. Now that the private sector employees are virtually non union the employers are free to lower wages and eliminate benefits. Many anti union employees are now complaining about their employers lack of giving wage or benefit increases and are too stupid to understand that the benchmark has been removed. Take housing as an example: House #1 Built with union labor. Good wages and benefits. When the job is complete (all construction jobs are temporary) the employee has pension and healthcare benefits which are portable and useable during periods of unemployment. House #2 Built with non union labor. At the end of the job the employees are laid off. If they had any healthcare benefits they can use them only if they continue to self pay. No portable pension. The two exact houses side by side sell for the same amount of money. Both builders make money. The difference is that the non union builder made more profit and cost shifted the benefit costs to the taxpayer (welfare) while the union builder shared the profits with those who did the work and did not cost shift welfare costs to the taxpayer.

Nov. 22, 2014

AlexClarke: The Koch brothers and other oligarchs like them are destroying unions and the middle class and are too dense to know they are destroying their own markets. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 22, 2014

AlexClarke: You make an excellent point on welfare. We, the shoppers, may go to Walmart because the prices seem lower. But we don't take into account this reality: Walmart workers are so underpaid and cheated on overtime -- plus prevented from working other jobs -- that they have to resort to welfare such as food stamps. Indeed, Walmart helps them learn how to suck more out of the government teat.

You are not saving money shopping at Walmart. Your taxes are also supplementing the meager pay of employees. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 2, 2014

don bauder So my taxes will be lower if I don't shop at Walmart?

Dec. 2, 2014

shirleyberan: The upper 1% has made sure the lower 99% does not thrive. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 22, 2014

shirleyberan: Part of the blame for this lies with Wal-Mart. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 25, 2014

Gee I don't understand. In order to help the American people our government loosened regulations on the financial and housing industries, and then gave a zillion dollars of tax money to these industries. By some weird logic that was supposed to help ordinary Americans. But oddly enough the only beneficiaries of the government loosening regulations on and giving tons of money to the financial and housing industries were the financial and housing industries. Whooda thunk it?

Nov. 21, 2014

ImJustABill: And the financial industry self-destructed, greatly because of housing derivatives, and the government (you and I) bailed them out. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 22, 2014

David Guzman: There is a better way, but workers and voters have to fight for it. It has been done before in this country, led by the populists and progressives. But there is too much complacency today. Also, when people protest, such as in Occupy, the police (with help from Washington D.C.) put down the protest brutally. People are afraid to complain.Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 22, 2014

Possibly a bigger problem is hijacking of populist movements by major parties. The Tea Party standing up against Wall Street bailouts and the Iraq War has been silenced by GOP politicians like Sarah Palin jumping on the bandwagon.

Nov. 23, 2014

ImJustABill: Rand Paul opposes corporate welfare and American adventurism overseas. Those are two reasons the Republicans will never nominate him. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 23, 2014

The GOP supposedly stands for small government but I think whenever critical donors have money on the line many leaders in the party find a way to justify spending.

Nov. 24, 2014

ImJustABill: The GOP opposes large government that provides welfare to the needy. But the GOP is all for large government that provides welfare to the rich. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 25, 2014

Yes. Maybe I'm being nostalgic but it seems to me back in the day you'd have a Right-Wing side that wanted less gov't, lower taxes, and lower services and a Left-Wing side that wanted more gov't, higher taxes, and more services. Both sides had valid points and would argue the pros/cons of both sides Then you'd have a reasonable debate between the 2 sides.

Now you have both sides promising both lower taxes and more services. I don't think there are 2 balanced sides in many of the important debates - and many of the positions that both parties agree on (like giving lots of money to Wall Street firms) aren't positions which benefit most of the American people.

There are other issues for which the GOP seems to have gotten off the track of making reasonable arguments for smaller gov't but acknowledging the tradeoffs and making smart concessions for areas in which large gov't is necessary (like, say providing some help for the poor and making sure financial markets are regulated to run smoothly).

The GOP supposedly wants smaller gov't but intervenes massively in financial and housing markets. You have the GOP advocating for war,war,war even if means escalation in gov't. The climate change issue will not see a serious debate because the GOP has arbitrarily decided it's just not an issue.

Nov. 25, 2014

ImJustABill. How can the private sector want smaller government when the bank bailout, between fiscal and monetary policy, cost thirteen trillion dollars, which at the time was as much as GDP? Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 25, 2014

ImJustABill: I recently read that Palin is still on the Republican list for possible presidential candidates in 2016. Some of the others are worse than she is. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 1, 2014

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