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  •  It would seem that job creation per capita (10+ / 0-)

    would be a better number to look at than total jobs.  California has the largest economy and population so it's really not all that surprising it is top in the metric you posted.

    Also, in one of the links you provided, it says the California jobless rate "was 9.8 percent in December, down from a peak of 12.4 percent in 2010, though still above the 7.8 percent national average."  Maybe the high job growth is more of a return to the mean scenario than signs of a super strong economy.  Regardless, 9.8% unemployment is nothing to write home about...

     

    •  As a state... (15+ / 0-)

      California's unemployment tends to run above the national average. At the same time, unemployment rates in SF, San Jose, LA and San Diego are almost always lower than the national average. The large cities have large, diversified economies and generate lots of jobs. The rural areas far less so.

      •  Yeah. The rural parts (8+ / 0-)

        are pretty much like rural parts everywhere and provide most of the Republican rump that managed until recently to cling to slightly more than 33% of the legislature.

        You've got a tourism industry along the coast and near the national parks and monuments, some microclimates where you can do a wide variety of high yeild sustainable organic agriculture etc.

        But mostly, the rural areas are dependent on agriculture of the normal variety, are poor and vote Red.

        •  not actually true in CA (1+ / 0-)
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          if you look at who represents the agricultural counties of california in the imperial, san joaquin, southern sacramento, sonoma, napa and salinas valleys, it's mostly democrats. the GOP's strongholds are more in the suburbs, exurbs, and the foothills and mountains.

          •  Thinking about it that's probably true (0+ / 0-)

            Watsonville, for example, has a fair D lean because its hispanic population are citizens and vote.

            The really highly productive areas are the ones more likely to have hispanic citizens that vote and/or sustainable organic farming communities and/or wine-country type demographics that add some blue and purple to the maps.

            Its' the more marginal areas (arid I-5 corridor that needs lots of irrigation piped in from elsewhere, the northern mountain region starting at about Redding etc) that are red.  Plus Orange County and some of the richer suburb/exurbs.

      •  I just checked the San Diego unemployment rate (0+ / 0-)

        (didn't take time to look at the others) and their most up to date unemployment numbers (Nov 2012) are 8.3%, which is half a percent more than the national average.  In fact, it has been higher than the national average since at least 2008.  I'm not sure where you got your information, but is is clearly wrong.  

      •  San Diego = company town (0+ / 0-)

        I have to help San Diego have low unemployment.  If I don't, I go to prison for tax evasion.

    •  Then they should also talk about (1+ / 0-)
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      jobs lost per capita and companies leaving the state per capita as well.

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