Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Take that, Michigan!

From the New York Times, Part-Time Workers Mask Unemployment Woes:

"In California and a handful of other states, one out of every five people who would like to be working full time is not now doing so.

It is a startling sign of the pain that the Great Recession is inflicting, and it is largely missed by the official, oft-repeated statistics on unemployment. The national unemployment rate has risen to 9.5 percent, the highest level in more than a quarter-century. Yet it still excludes all those who have given up looking for a job and those part-time workers who want to be working full time.

Include them — as the Labor Department does when calculating its broadest measure of the job market — and the rate reached 23.5 percent in Oregon this spring, according to a New York Times analysis of state-by-state data. It was 21.5 percent in both Michigan and Rhode Island and 20.3 percent in California. In Tennessee, Nevada and several other states that have relied heavily on manufacturing or housing, the rate was just under 20 percent this spring and may have since surpassed it."

So there you have it. We're Number One! Beating Michigan, and yet never having built a single car. We did it the hard lost job, one diminished job, at a time.

So it isn't just Bend that is "Poverty with a View": (see definition in Urban Dictionary...), it's all of Oregon. It isn't just me who likes living here so much that I've got the best minimum wage job a middle aged guy ever had, it's everyone who wants to live here, no matter what.

Just shows how special Oregon really is....heh.

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