Sep 10 2009

California Lost Decade of Employment: Bulk of Recent Income Gains went to Wealthiest Californians. 76.8 Percent of Adjusted Gross Income Gains between 2006 and 2007 went to the Wealthiest Fifth of California Personal Income Taxpayers.

California may now have one of the distinct misfortunes of enjoying a lost decade of job growth.  This not only applies to the battered economy of California, but to the nation as well.  To put the magnitude of the current recession in perspective, the only other time in economic history to see a contraction wipe […]

Sep 2 2009

California Economy: $80 Million in Unemployment Insurance Being Paid out Per Day. 143,000 Exhausted Their Jobless Benefits on September 1. One in Four Unemployed Workers without a Job for 27 Weeks or More.

In another sign that California is inching back to the financial edge, earlier this week 143,000 unemployed Californians exhausted their unemployment benefits.  Now, you might think that this is simply a function of a normal recession.  It is not.  In fact, many of these people have exhausted their 26 weeks of benefits plus three additional […]

Aug 12 2009

Commercial Real Estate, Construction and Finance Employment: How Commercial Real Estate will drag the California Economy Deeper into Recession. 32 Percent of California Construction Jobs Gone.

California is heavily dependent on real estate.  That should be of little surprise to you but many have a hard time understanding how devastating the housing crash is to employment in various sectors.  California for 30 years relied on housing even though in many years, it was in a bubble.  That is why in 2009 […]

Aug 9 2009

California Budget Miscalculation: The $60 Billion Budget Gap. Cargo Levels near Decade Lows. Why the Financial Recovery will come last to California.

The largest singular economy in the United States is still facing a fiscal mess.  California is still trying to grapple with the budget deal that is now in place.  The challenging part seemed getting a budget passed but the more challenging aspect of the budget process is enacting the $26 billion in fixes.  Over the […]

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