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The San Diego County unemployment rate rose to 5 percent in October, up from 4.6 percent in September, according to the California Employment Development Department.

The number of jobs rose 10,800 in the month, with government jobs leading the way with a gain of 7200 jobs. Between October of last year and October of this year, jobs rose by 40,200.

All told, this represents a modest, continuing improvement in the local jobs market, but these numbers do not reflect quality of jobs. Over the past several decades, median job income has declined, adjusted for inflation.

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Visduh Nov. 20, 2015 @ 5:34 p.m.

So, jobs are added, but job-seekers are added at a faster rate. Or do I misunderstand? It just might be that some of those folks who withdrew from the job market are coming back into it because of the talk of added jobs. And, oh, there's the matter of thousands of college grads spilling out of SDSU, USD, UCSD, PLNC, and others each year who are also seeking jobs. This sort of thing could go on for a long time, with the job market adding jobs, yet with the "measured" unemployment rate climbing.


AlexClarke Nov. 21, 2015 @ 5:59 a.m.

What people do not understand is the number of people flooding the job marked who come here on one of many work visas. Our immigration and visa programs are way out of control and if you couple those people to the illegal immigrants and refugees our workforce is way too large for the number of jobs available. While our citizens are out of work or homeless or working some low wage job the employers are making profits off of low wage no.low benefit workers who won't complain and have no knowledge of labor laws. We have enough American Citizens to fill all the jobs available. Take care of America and Americans first.


jnojr Nov. 21, 2015 @ 10:20 a.m.

No employers is "making profits off of low wage low benefit workers". That implies that a job is "worth" a certain amount, and the employers is just paying less, and everyone goes along because... why? The fact is, an awful lot of jobs simply are not worth a lot of money. And when you have a huge unskilled uneducated labor force, there's a lot of competition for the jobs they can do, and that pushes wages down. That isn't by some nefarious design, it's supply and demand.

On the other side of that coin, there are a lot of jobs that requires skills and education, but many people simply are not prepared or qualified to take them. That's where the H1-Bs come in. I know a lot of people believe that companies are getting rid of "fairly-paid" Americans and replacing them with slave-wage Indians, but that simply isn't the case... when was the last time a government program provided ANYTHING that was a better deal than a free market?

The fact is, a lot of Americans have an entitlement mentality and believe they belong at the top of the wage scale without actually showing the results to earn that. A lot of Americans are spoiled, OVERPAID, and are looking to do the minimum necessary. Meanwhile, the imported workers are largely wiling to do what needs to be done, and aren't bolting for the door at 4 o'clock.

I see job openings very literally ALL THE FREAKING TIME that pay well and have great benefits, but sit unfilled because we very literally cannot find someone who's qualified, who hasn't made themselves ineligible with bad decisions, and who shows up for an interview properly prepared. I've reviewed hundreds of resumes and conducted dozens of interviews to fill less than a handful of spots, and some of our hires have been "compromises" or speculative.


hwstar Nov. 21, 2015 @ 2:40 p.m.

I'm calling B.S. on this.

There are a lot of hard working Americans who do put in extra hours to get the job done when it is required. We just don't like being taken advantage of with chronic overtime. We prefer to work to live and not live to work.

As for being overpaid, what that mean someone who lives below their means needs to be paid just enough so that can't save for retirement (or to say F.U. to employers such as yourself) ? This is what most employers want as it puts them in a position of strength. No thanks. I have enough savings and investments where I don't need to work, so I'll be very choosy about who I'll work for.

If the job doesn't have a good working environment and pays peanuts, maybe that job should go unfilled until time ends.


Don Bauder Nov. 23, 2015 @ 7:59 p.m.

He star. Those who are grossly overpaid in this country are chief executive officers and those on Wall Street. Best, Don Bauder


casurfer223 Nov. 22, 2015 @ 7:07 p.m.

You have no idea what you're talking about when it comes to H1b visa holding Indians. I have direct industry knowledge. Most of them are fake with fake resumes and learn coding off of youtube videos. They have a network of fake references. It's a gigantic scam and has been going on for the better part of 15 years now. You will rarely see American universities on the resume and that's when you know its a fake candidate. India is a country where bribes can get you just about anything, including a nice shiny new resume complete with university credentials ready to get a VISA and come to the US. To deny this simple fact would mean you really have no clue what you are talking about. Also...That's not all...How about the fact that they come over here with the goal of not EVER returning to India which is the whole point of the H1b program. They get married, have a baby on US soil, and the next thing you know they have a sponsored green card and never go home. They bring over elderly mom and dad(you see them at Costco in their robes, and don't act like you don't either.), mom and dad have health problems and can't work, this bogs down our system even more. I never even mentioned that by the time they get a green card they are staying here, and are then in direct competition for jobs with an American who is thousands in debt from student loans with a real education here, not a fake resume learning coding off of youtube and books from Barnes and Noble. SHUT IT DOWN already!!!


Don Bauder Nov. 23, 2015 @ 8:03 p.m.

Casurfer223. Much of what you say is, unfortunately, true. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Nov. 23, 2015 @ 7:48 p.m.

jnojr. There is a cancerous entitlement mentality. It is a characteristic of top executives who are obscenely overpaid, and their gross overcompensation has nothing whatever to do with supply and demand. It is a result of conspiracies among consultants, boards, and top management. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Nov. 23, 2015 @ 7:31 p.m.

AlexClarke. I have written several columns and blog items on the H-1B program. I believe it lowers salary levels of American engineers. That is why large companies lobby for expansion of the programs. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Nov. 23, 2015 @ 7:14 p.m.

Visduh. The unemployment rate can be misleading because of more people seeking jobs, thus driving up the workforce. The best thing to watch is median household income, which is going down adjusted for inflation. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Nov. 23, 2015 @ 8:10 p.m.

Bob Hudson. A new stadium would provide no new jobs, other than in construction. Best, Don Bauder


AlexClarke Nov. 24, 2015 @ 5:53 a.m.

While construction jobs are important all construction jobs are temporary. No construction job should be counted in the employment numbers. Full time jobs that pay a living wage and good benefits are the backbone of the middle class.


Don Bauder Nov. 26, 2015 @ 9:35 a.m.

AlexClarke: Construction workers who are only working a short time during a month are considered employed. This distorts the statistics on employment. Best, Don Bauder


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