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Bright and dim views of San Diego job market

Lousy employment growth, good socioeconomic environment

Of 150 cities, San Diego is 122nd in median salary adjusted for cost of living
Of 150 cities, San Diego is 122nd in median salary adjusted for cost of living

Out of 150 American cities, San Diego ranks 98th for those looking for a job, according to WalletHub, which puts together statistics on cities, metro areas, and states.

San Diego comes out 148th in employment growth, 111th in variety of industries, 122nd in median salary adjusted for cost of living, and 128th in housing affordability.

On the somewhat brighter side, San Diego ranks 68th in job opportunities, 70th in unemployment rate, 65th in median annual income adjusted for cost of living, and 67th in time spent working and commuting.

On the definitely brighter side, the city is 29th in socioeconomic environment, which includes such factors as time spent working and commuting, benefits, and transportation costs.

Plano, Texas, is number one overall, with Fresno 149th and Stockton 150th. One has to wonder about Orange County: Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Irvine are tied for 144th for lowest median starting salary adjusted for cost of living. Oxnard is 147th and Santa Rosa 148th.

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Of 150 cities, San Diego is 122nd in median salary adjusted for cost of living
Of 150 cities, San Diego is 122nd in median salary adjusted for cost of living

Out of 150 American cities, San Diego ranks 98th for those looking for a job, according to WalletHub, which puts together statistics on cities, metro areas, and states.

San Diego comes out 148th in employment growth, 111th in variety of industries, 122nd in median salary adjusted for cost of living, and 128th in housing affordability.

On the somewhat brighter side, San Diego ranks 68th in job opportunities, 70th in unemployment rate, 65th in median annual income adjusted for cost of living, and 67th in time spent working and commuting.

On the definitely brighter side, the city is 29th in socioeconomic environment, which includes such factors as time spent working and commuting, benefits, and transportation costs.

Plano, Texas, is number one overall, with Fresno 149th and Stockton 150th. One has to wonder about Orange County: Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Irvine are tied for 144th for lowest median starting salary adjusted for cost of living. Oxnard is 147th and Santa Rosa 148th.

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SAN DIEGO METRO AREA 18TH AS LOCATION FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS. Another statistics aggregating firm, NerdWallet, today (January 4) came out with a study of metro areas that are the best for young entrepreneurs who want to set up a business. NerdWallet crunched numbers from Census, the Small Business Administration, and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The San Diego metro area was 18th out of 181 metro areas. People aged 25 to 34 are 16.2 percent of the metro area. In the Austin region -- which came in as the best location for entrepreneurs -- the figure is 17.5 percent.

In the San Diego metro area, 37.1 percent of the population has a bachelor's degree or higher. The metro area that came in second, San Francisco-Oakland, has a comparable figure of 45.9 percent. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 4, 2016

Are they including the fake degrees that the H-B's claim they have earned?

Not a joke, it's well known in India that a fake degree, transcript and job reference industry thrives to support the applications of their fake engineers and programmers.

Jan. 4, 2016

Ponzi: I have heard about those allegedly fake degrees, and I am not surprised, if true. I don't know if they would be included in the 37.1 percent. That seems in line with other estimates of percentage of bachelor's degrees in the county. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 4, 2016

For electronics engineers, San Diego's job market is one of the worst performing regions. Qualcomm laid off a bunch of engineers in November of 2015. The EE market is saturated, and it will take 18-24 months for this to correct. If Qualcomm has more layoffs, then it could take even longer than this.

Jan. 5, 2016

hwstar: Some so-called experts think the San Diego economy can absorb the Qualcomm layoffs, and engineer layoffs at other companies. Others are skeptical. I am no expert, but count me with the skeptics. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 6, 2016

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