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San Diego County lost 6000 non-farm jobs from June to July as the unemployment rate rose to 10.5%, up from a revised 10.4% in June, according to the California Employment Development Department.

The biggest decline came in government jobs, down 9300 in the month. Job losses in local government (primarily in education) were 11,200, partially offset by gains in state government (up 1600) and federal government (up 300).

Education and health services, which have been strong, shed 1300 jobs. The county gained 20,100 jobs over the past 52 weeks, and the unemployment rate was down from 10.9% a year ago.

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Don Bauder Aug. 19, 2011 @ 7:29 p.m.

And realistic unemployment is much higher. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 20, 2011 @ 8:09 a.m.

CA's U-6 UE rate has been at 22% for the last 28 months (it might even be 30 months by now, lost track).

But as bad as that 22% U-6 rate is, Detroit has/had a 48% U-6 UE rate, that is hard to imgaine.

Remember that Detroit has a very large minority population- African American and Middle Eastern, and I would think the rates for young males, 18-25- are well over 50%.

So the U-6 UE rate in Detroit, MI. is WELL above the Great Depression U-6 rate of 37%;


Given that Detroit was one of the largest industrial cities in America just 30 years ago, where the poor migrated for decent jobs, that is down right shocking.

. http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/u3-and-u6-unemployment-during-great-depression .


Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2011 @ 9:02 a.m.

Detroit is a disaster story. So is Cleveland. Smaller cities in both Michigan and Ohio have been hit hard by the shipping of manufacturing jobs to low- and slave-wage nations, and the decline of metal fabrication industries. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 19, 2011 @ 7:31 p.m.

There have been interesting studies linking crime with economic distress and poverty. On the other hand, there have been good studies saying that the linkage is tenuous at best. Best, Don Bauder


Twister Aug. 20, 2011 @ 2:42 p.m.

Studies? Studies? We don' need no stinkin' STUDIES!

When our backs are up against the wall (or we can no longer afford our lattes), we'll survive/luxuriate the best way we can.

Really, Don, such studies are tenuous at best. They all lag behind reality and most are badly designed (can't imagine what the right questions are or what timing and lying have to do with it). Statistics and "social science." A recipe for self-fulfilling fantasy.


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2011 @ 10:59 a.m.

I realize that studies by sociologists, social psychologists, so-called communications scientists, criminologists, etc. can be worthless. You have probably heard the definition of a sociologist: that's the researcher who will spend $1 million of the government's money to pinpoint the locations of every brothel in town, when for five bucks he could have asked a taxicab driver. Best, Don Bauder


Twister Aug. 21, 2011 @ 4:50 p.m.

No, I hadn't heard that one. But Don--YOU of the driven-snow? Where did you pick up THAT?


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2011 @ 8:20 a.m.

I heard that definition of a sociologist when I was a grad student -- probably in 1959 or maybe early 1960. Best, Don Bauder


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