Friday, June 18, 2010

More Mesofacts Pittsburgh

The Steel City is dead, long live the Steel City:

The major metropolitan areas [Richard Florida] uses to demonstrate a relationship between higher house prices and "healthier economies" are, in fact, reflective of the opposite. Between August 2001 and August 2008 (chosen as the last month before 911 and the last month before the Lehman Brothers collapse), Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates that in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, the net job creation rate trailed the national average by one percent. The San Francisco area did even worse, trailing the national net job creation rate by 6 percent, and losing jobs faster than Rust Belt Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Milwaukee.

You know your city is in dire straits when it is doing worse than Pittsburgh.

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