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Shopping season jobs report

County unemployment rate down to 4.3 percent

The unemployment rate in the county was 4.3 percent in November, down from a revised 4.7 percent in October, and down from 5 percent from a year ago. San Diego did better than the nation, which had a 5 percent rate during the period, and California, which was at 4.4 percent

The county added 12,100 jobs in November, but 5200 of them were retail sales-related, greatly a result of the heavy holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Trade, transportation and utilities, however, topped retail, up 6000.

Unemployment figures only measure the quantity of jobs. They do not capture the quality of those jobs. Inflation-adjusted household incomes, for example, have been down for some time, although they have picked up recently.

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The unemployment rate in the county was 4.3 percent in November, down from a revised 4.7 percent in October, and down from 5 percent from a year ago. San Diego did better than the nation, which had a 5 percent rate during the period, and California, which was at 4.4 percent

The county added 12,100 jobs in November, but 5200 of them were retail sales-related, greatly a result of the heavy holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Trade, transportation and utilities, however, topped retail, up 6000.

Unemployment figures only measure the quantity of jobs. They do not capture the quality of those jobs. Inflation-adjusted household incomes, for example, have been down for some time, although they have picked up recently.

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Seasonal jobs are great for those who want to make a few bucks but most of the jobs are filled with people who need full time gainful employment. San Diego employers have always paid at the low end of the scale. They view the minimum wage as the ceiling not the floor. They view benefits, healthcare and retirement, as something that falls under "personal responsibility". They do not value hard work or loyalty. Ever since employees became a human resource they are treated like any other resource to be used up and discarded. Employers complain about not being able to get "qualified" help but what they mean is that they have trouble getting well qualified people who will work for nothing. On another note the housing prices in San Diego are at least 40% over what they should be. The Real Estate bubble will burst. It has many times before and it will again.

Dec. 19, 2016

AlexClarke: Unfortunately, your points are well taken. San Diego business executives have been fiercely fighting increases in the minimum wage, for example. This is in a city with homes that are more unaffordable than homes in just about any city in the U.S. Companies like Wal-Mart and McDonald's set the standard and other companies follow it. The result is moderate wages that don't keep up with the zooming cost of living, San Diego workers living in places like Murrieta and Mexico, increasing homelessness, high poverty rates, and "doubling up," or many families living in modest quarters. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 19, 2016

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