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San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in November, according to the state's Employment Development Department. That rate was down from a revised 5 percent in October and 6 percent a year earlier.

Between October and November, the county added 11,000 jobs. Almost half of them, 5400, were in retailing, a seasonal phenomenon tied to Christmas sales.

The county added 37,800 jobs from a year ago, with health care and social services pacing the gain with 8600 jobs.

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AlexClarke Dec. 19, 2015 @ 6:51 a.m.

For an accurate picture of employment only full time jobs should be counted. While there are no doubt some who wish part time employment most would like full time. Seasonal jobs may, heavy on the may, result in continued employment most end with the season. There should be two categories of employment: 1. Full time with benefits and living wage. 2. Full time jobs with no benefits and wages below the living wage. All others employed should be considered as unemployed/underemployed. All employers should be required to list the number of employees that fall below the living wage and those who qualify for welfare.


Don Bauder Dec. 19, 2015 @ 1:50 p.m.

AlexClarke: One would be surprised at the paucity of full-time jobs with benefits and paying a living wage. Best, Don Bauder


AlexClarke Dec. 20, 2015 @ 5:29 a.m.

No I wouldn't. The reason for the paucity is that employees are viewed as a resource to be used and discarded. Employers no longer feel that they have any responsibility for their employees. Employers used to share the wealth created by their employees now it is all about how much work can an employer get out of an employee and how little can I pay. The corporate owned politicians work only for the wealthy and powerful and give lip service to the American worker. Thank God I spent most of my life working during a time where employers viewed employees as an asset and invested in them. I have a good pension with good medical benefits. Many of my neighbors can not retire as they only have Social Security and a 401k that will allow them to maintain a decent lifestyle for 10 years and then its poverty time.


Don Bauder Dec. 20, 2015 @ 7:15 p.m.

AlexClarke: Unfortunately, I can't disagree with what you say. Corporations spit at their own employees by moving jobs offshore. Then they spit at their government by claiming they are moving their headquarters to low-tax nations, thus cheating all the citizens who pay their fair share of taxes. Best, Don Bauder


AlexClarke Dec. 20, 2015 @ 5:30 a.m.

Don: Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Don Bauder Dec. 20, 2015 @ 7:16 p.m.

AlexClarke: And the same to you and the other participants in this blog: happy holidays. Best, Don Bauder


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