Sorry, no jobs. This is California

Discussion in 'Economics' started by glennmm, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. glennmm


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If you're looking for work, don't look in California.

    The world's eighth largest economy is still finding its feet after suffering multiple economic shocks, including a housing slump, mortgage crisis and recession.

    Employers in California, the most populous U.S. state, are expected to keep cutting staff in 2010 as the wider U.S. jobs market recovers.

    As industries in other U.S. states prepare to rehire on signs of recovery, firms in California are still waiting for their economy to rebound.

    The state has 12.2 percent unemployment, above the national U.S. level of 9.8 percent, and at odds with California's image as an oasis of opportunity in hard times.

    California's economic engines -- Silicon Valley, Hollywood and gateway ports to Asia -- remain the envy of other U.S. regions but seem incapable of reducing Rust Belt-like unemployment rates.

    That is largely because of the Golden State's housing and home building crisis.

    In the 12 months through August, California's construction industry shed 142,000 jobs, or 18.5 percent of its work force, marking the largest decline on a percentage basis over the period of surveyed industry groups.

    Those workers are struggling to find new jobs in construction or other trades, according to analysts.

    House prices soared higher in California than in most other U.S. states earlier this decade and have crashed harder amid the credit crunch.

    Developers are trying to unload unsold new homes and real estate agents are relying on selling foreclosures for a large share of business.

    Tight credit and steep job losses have slimmed ranks of prospective home buyers, with many waiting for prices to drop further. At the same time, a number of other states are beginning to see home prices stabilize.

    Tumbling personal, corporate and property tax revenues have put the brakes on government hiring as manufacturers wait for consumer spending to pick up before adding jobs.

    "We're calling for a jobless recovery," said Jack Kyser, founding economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
  2. S2007S


    As some bulls on here are saying this cannot be possible, no one is believing this media drivel, there is no recession and never was a recession, jobs are still plentiful and will be for another 100 years.
  3. logikos


    Isn't "jobless recovery" an oxymoron, especially in a consumer-based economy?
  4. maxpi


    Not really. People think of "The Consumer" like they are all in lockstep... wealthy people will start spending again when they think they have some confidence in the future.. average people maybe the same but they are affected by wages and job outlook. The unemployed won't spend much.. if unemployment is 15% then 85% are pulling in a check... and some get separation pay when they become unemployed and spend it.....

    Jobless recoveries are just partially jobless, lots of people that get laid off never get another job in the same field or at the same pay because of productivity advances...

    We've been losing jobs every recovery since 1970 and so far, we still have the boom and bust business cycle..
  5. Europe has a normal double digit unemployment; their GDP can still be positive. Ours can too.