County unemployment falls, jobs gain

Jobless rate drops to 3.7 percent

San Diego County unemployment fell to 3.7 percent in October from an adjusted 4.1 percent in September and 4.7 percent from a year ago.

Non-farm jobs rose by 13,800 in the month. More than half represented the 7100 gain in seasonal education jobs.

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Alexclarke. Educational jobs that are related to the school years are seasonal. But some educational jobs last the full year, and hence are not classified as seasonal. Best, Don Bauder

Thanks Don. I thought that was the case just wasn't sure so I wanted to ask the world renowned expert.

AlexClarke: Why didn't you ask a world-renowned expert? I'm just a small town hick. Best, Don Bauder

Don, these stats seem to have a lose relationship with reality, Disability claims are at an all time high, "gigs" like Uber and Amazon delivery are where in this equation? The bureaucracies progress like molasses and workplace disruptions take years for those public servants to adopt.

There's also the people who have given up looking for work. That population grows more every year as age discrimination is evident. So there are many people in their 50's and 60's just not being able to find a job. Could be the regulators don't have enough investigators to examine every age discrimination case. There are thousands of cases in the pipeplines.

Another discriminatory requirement many businesses are doing is making a requirement of the job to be bilingual in Spanish. Sure, if your need is for an interpreter, but if it's just a rank-and-file job this side of the U.S. border, can they demand Spanish?

It's a tight market indeed, businesses are expanding and Wall Street is giddy, but our job market has been driven by the lowest wage jobs, service and retail. And many of those graduates are earning minimum wage and paying college loans.

Sure jobs are up, but what jobs?

Ponzi. There are many who have given up looking for work. This shows up in the statistics in the shrinkage of the workforce. Yes, the stats look good, but the quality of jobs is low. The most important thing to look at Is middle class incomes.They have been flat for decades. Best, Don Bauder

Ponzi: Another ruse that employers use to eliminate hiring experienced workers and higher wages is the requirement for having a college degree. Also they eliminate the job title and spread the work around for a while and then hire someone to do the job at a low wage.

alex clarke I am 61 years old and have lots of letters behind my name. And I can guarantee that if I were looking for work, not only would those letters NOT help, but they would, in fact, be a hindrance.

danfogel: Unfortunately, you may be absolutely right. Best, Don Bauder

AlexClarke: There is a famous case of an electronics retailer who decided to fire the senior, well-informed sales personnel and keep the low-paid kids on the sales floor. It was a disaster. The company went into bankruptcy. Best, Don Bauder

The way unemployment is measured is old-fashioned and crude. As to whether the figures ever were accurate is not clear. But now with all the folks who have given up trying, the underground economy (which is hard to see as legitimate employment), and the shame associated with being chronically unemployed, the stats are more suspect than ever. I simply cannot accept the notion that only one in twenty-five people out there who would want to work cannot find a job. Oh sure, as Ponzi says, the job growth has been in low-paid positions. It is true that more are working now than in a long time; that's easy to see by looking at the traffic congestion throughout the county. But I don't buy the idea that we're that close to full employment.

Visduh: You hit the nail on the head in your reference to the underground economy. More and more people work "off the books." Best, Don Bauder

"seasonal education" equates to strike one year, get laid off the next year, get hired back and start the cycle again.

Murphyjunk. That may have been true once, but strikes are very rare now. Best, Don Bauder

seems to be that way with the local school system.

Murphyjunk: There are a few strong unions now -- particularly unions of government employees. But I can remember the days when the auto and steel unions could tie up the national economy with a strike. Then came a thing called foreign competition. Countries we had destroyed in World War II, Germany and Japan, came back to bomb our economy. Best, Don Bauder

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