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 28 2009

Going Broke on $50,000: The Story of the Struggling American Middle Class. The $50,000 Median Household Budget.

The recent recession is exposing how many American families have been treading on the edge.  Problems were already in the system before the recession began but the downturn in the economy was the ultimate catalyst.  Many families were using credit cards as a means of supplementing a decade of stagnant wages.  The median household income […]

Jul 16 2009

Bankruptcy Filings up 33 Percent over a 12-month Period: Total 12-month Total of Bankruptcy Filings 1.2 Million. In last Report, Filings up 27 Percent in one month.

Bankruptcy filings are soaring in the United States.  In the last data point, we had 134,282 bankruptcy filings for the month of March 2009.  Bankruptcy data usually lags 3 or 4 months but the trend is ominous.  For the last 12 months some 1.2 million bankruptcy filings have occurred.  Much of this is linked to […]

Feb 10 2009

Can You Live on $60,000 a Year in California? Yes You Can!

California is facing some troubling times.  It has one of the highest unemployment rates at 9.3% and families are trying to figure out ways to stretch their dollar as far as it can go.  Now I thought in the middle of all the troubling news out there, I would offer a post that examines how […]

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