Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Daily Ranking and then some

I'm too lazy to actually compute the ordinal ranking, but you would think this is news. See the Pittsburgh reference in the WSJ: Incomes Fall in Most Metro Areas.  They can't say "all metro areas" because??  To see their full list read: U.S. Incomes Tumbled in 2009.

Certainly more important than Bernardo (who mentioned him recently?), who will never be back anyway.  He seems to have a pretty regular concert schedule to break away and fly up here for anything as silly as an arraignment.

and for good measure.  From the Onion Sports Network: Pirates Mathematically Eliminated From Major League Baseball.  They think they are jesting.  Are they?  What is the Mendoza line for an entire team? Anyway, it's their second best Pirates headline after the infamous: PNC Park Threatens To Leave Pittsburgh Unless Better Team Is Built


Blogger Jim Russell said...

I must need more coffee. In the full list, I don't see a rise in PCI for either DC or San Antonio during 2008-2009. However, I do see gains for Virginia Beach (1), Pittsburgh (2), and Baltimore (3).

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

VERY few larger metros avoided a drop in per capita personal income in 2009. Unless I missed one, I think it may just be Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

According to a custom chart I generated at the BEA, we also caught up with the average per capita personal income for the U.S. Metropolitan Portion in 2008, closing a gap that had persisted since the very early 1980s. And in 2009 we moved out well ahead.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

Washington and San Antonio had 2009 increases in total personal income, but they dropped in per capita personal income.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Russell said...


Thanks for clearing up my confusion. Concerning PCI, Virginia Beach did sport an increase (1.0%).

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

The WSJ writeup, which came from the BEA press release, was quite confusing about what happened in DC and San Antonio.

The Hampton Roads Metro (as I think of it) did indeed increase in per capita personal income. I wasn't including it on my list of "larger metros" because it is somewhat smaller than the Pittsburgh Metro, but that of course is a more or less arbitrary line I am drawing. I think the overall point stands--dodging a decrease in this measure was a very rare event among larger metros in 2009.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

If Bernardo does fly here, let's hope he complies with all instructions from the flight crew and remains in his seat until the 'ding.'

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 2:00:00 PM  

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