July 24, 2010

Local Uncommon Economic Indicators

What are some of those things or changes that are sure indicators of the current economic downturn or that things are getting better. Things like altered behaviors/patterns, good deals, jobs lost or found, stores opening or closing, whatever you find.


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11 comments:

  1. Katrina M.July 24, 2010

    I and several others I know often say, "I am so thankful for my job, for my paycheck." It's almost like we hope God hears and spares us from the current economic crisis. I don't remember anyone, me or my colleagues, voicing regular gratitude for jobs or anything else before the bottom dropped.

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  2. M. NyandoroJuly 24, 2010

    In the Central Valley of CA, a huge agricultural-based region, Kinkos announced that they would print 25 resumes for jobseekers for free. There is less money spent eating out, resulting in millions of square feet of abandoned retail space, ...and some high-end restaurants are now conducting cooking classes! This morning, I saw an ad for a shoe repair shop, “$5 to fix your old shoes.” There are a lot more cloth (and reusable) bags being brought to the grocery store and more plastic bags being washed and dried at home. There has also been a significant decline in the purchase of bottled water, favoring the re-use of water bottles and filling from the tap. Babysitting expenses have gone up a few bucks due to the cost of gas. I have been unplugging many appliances to save energy and since water is becoming scarce, we have reduced water consumption. We have even implemented an expression in the house w/ the kids, "Gotta save water for the farmers, so they can grow food!"

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  3. K.L.R. in Hot'LantaJuly 24, 2010

    The break room at work is always full with SOMEBODY who has brought their lunch.

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  4. Many people have started asking me about joining the Peace Corps and riding out this economic mess in Valdivostock or Timbouctou...

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  5. AnonymousJuly 24, 2010

    The LAST time I went to my local gentlemen's establishment, I saw several older dancers, who I hadn't seen in a LONG time (because I hadn't been there in a long time). When questioned, one said, "Dude, this economy is ROUGH. I had to come back to work." That is a SURE sign!

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  6. Richard SJuly 26, 2010

    In Northern Virginia three ugly new houses are going up within a mile of my house. I hope things improve elsewhere.

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  7. Barb LewisJuly 26, 2010

    More empty retail space on Monterey Blvd.

    More reusable bags and more folks buying and grinding their own coffees... More coupons...and bulk buys....

    Empty restaurants on Clement Street.

    More dollar / thrift items in the local Walgreen's

    More "just saying 'no'" to little luxuries--super high gas prices....

    Lots of torn up street projects, brought to us by ARRA....on West Portal, St. Francis, Monterey, off the freeways....

    MORE PARKING AND METER TICKETS @#$#%#%%$#^%!!!!!

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  8. Not being 'political' but if the economy is improving how come I have firsthand knowledge of the following: Part time job (pays less than unemployment compensation by about 15-20%. 6 folks interviewed...71 applications forwarded (how many did the HR Dept NOT forward as 'qualified').

    If it is technically speaking 5-6 applicants for each job somebody needs to notify Bay Area!

    sigh...it's gonna be a long.long seige

    Another economic indicator: the number of middle aged folks taking business courses (including yours truly)....to 'redefine ourselves...'

    That and tooth whitener and hair painting before the NEXT interview!!

    lol

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  9. The LAST time I went to my local gentlemen's establishment, I saw several older dancers, who I hadn't seen in a LONG time (because I hadn't been there in a long time). When questioned, one said, "Dude, this economy is ROUGH. I had to come back to work." That is a SURE sign!

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