Aug 14 2010

Jobs for middle class expansion are long gone – The struggles to create jobs that will create a vibrant middle class have vanished under the foot of banking dominance.

Most Americans realize that having a job is a prerequisite to gaining entrance into the middle class.  If you work hard enough, chances are you would have access to some of the things promised to the middle class; access to affordable housing, a good education, and the ability for some sort of retirement.  That ideal […]

May 5 2010

California construction employment back to 1997 levels. California building permits at all time record low.

Solving the California state budget crisis just got that much tougher.  Estimated tax revenues came in nearly $3 billion less than expected wiping out a steady stream of months where things seemed to be improving at least on the revenue front.  And this should come as no surprise.  California has done very little to wean […]

May 4 2010

Middle class getting pushed into poverty and working poor status – The cloaked recovery for the middle class. How 30 percent of the poor are unemployed.

Over 6.5 million of the 15 million unemployed Americans have been out of work for 27 weeks or more.  As a percent, this is the highest number of long-term unemployed we have had since the Great Depression.  What is not discussed in this recession is the working poor and middle class have taken on the […]

Apr 8 2010

State and Local Budget Crisis Black Swan – California paying out $100 Million per Day in Unemployment Insurance. Detroit’s Shrinking Population Crushes Revenues. The Employment Situation at a Micro Level.

One stunning statistic that hit this week regards California’s unemployment insurance claims being paid out.  California is paying out some $100 million per day in unemployment benefits.  I’m not sure if I would call it a “benefit” but more as a buffer to get by.  In reality if we really want to get a pulse […]

Mar 30 2010

Real Estate Still Overpriced in California in many Markets and Paying your Mortgage with Unemployment Benefits – Examining Housing Values through Employment and Local Market Trends. Los Angeles has a 4.4 Income to Home Price Ratio even after a 42 Percent Price Decline.

As housing prices have collapsed from their halcyon bubble peak, many are peering out into the foreclosure landscape that is the current U.S. real estate market and are wondering if prices now fall in line with economic fundamentals.  The problem in many areas across the U.S. isn’t so much with housing prices but actual employment […]

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