Sunday, September 15, 2013

Poverty with a View -- only more so.

As I never get tired of pointing out -- if you look up "Poverty with a View" in the Urban Dictionary, it is specifically about Bend, Oregon.

The article on jobs in the Bulletin today only reinforces that.

Manufacturing jobs, which pay an average of $41K are down by 1660 jobs since 2005.  Construction jobs are down by 3340.

Meanwhile, leisure and hospitality jobs, which pay an average of $18K, are up by 1290.

The increases in jobs are mostly in health and hospitality, the exact jobs you'd expect if Bend was a retirement and tourist area.

I don't think most of those manufacturing and construction jobs are ever coming back. 


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