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Friday, July 17, 2009

Small Comfort, Big Unemployement Numbers: S.F. Still Doing a Bit Better than Rest of State

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 12:45 PM

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Gather 'round, children, it's that time of the month when we reveal the state's Employment Development Department numbers -- which indicate  our employment rates are (still) failing to thrive in this sluggish economy. Basically, the numbers are as lowly as they were last month. Which makes one wonder, is bad news still bad news when it's old bad news? Is it even news at all? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck? Anyway, we're already here and I brought a casserole so let's get on with it.

Between May and June, the number of jobs in the West Bay counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin decreased by 2,400. Private and public schools lost 1,700 jobs, Trade, transportation and utilities fell by 600. For the last 19 years retail has gained 900 jobs between May and June, but this year it lost 300. People, it is your American duty to KEEP SHOPPING. If you bought a Slanket, you have no excuse for shying away from Old Navy. They are practically giving stuff away.

But, lo! What have we here? An increase in jobs! Seasonal hospitality jobs grew by 900. Save your pennies, arts, entertainment and recreation workers, because apparently you won't be getting jobs at the mall when the tourists recede.

Since June of 2008, the West Bay has lost a sobering 50,600 jobs. The

only industry that's shown any growth is private health care, which

boasted 800 new jobs. This is thrilling news for all the unemployed

people without health care who rely on public services.

"Please,

sir, can I have some good news?," you ask shyly, stirring the dirt with

the toe of your shoe. Oh, okay. The state unemployment rate is 11.6 percent (holding steady from last month) but the San Francisco unemployment

rate is just 9.8 percent! Which is up from last month's 9.1. Damn.

Who wants casserole???

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