Random Sunday Musings
Things are looking up. See what they say about us down in Cincinnati. Their regional indicators project has recently put out their report "Our Region by the Numbers". See page 7 (page 8 in the pdf numbering) and the benchmarking on the bottom of the page for both the "people indicator standing" and "jobs indictor" heading.
Things are really looking up. From Michigan media is a quote:
"Now regarded as a prime location for 20-somethings, (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is rebuilding its economy, redeveloping former mill locations, and embracing its universities and hospitals as catalysts to attract new investment and retain top talent.""Prime location for 20-somethings"?? Now where are those Forbes folks ranking the best places for singles?
Trib has a story on immigrant workers at Nemacolin and opposition in Fayette County. Why is opposition to immigrants always the loudest where tthe number of immigrants the fewest? Fayette County really may be on the list of counties with the lowest proportion of immigrants in the entire nation. The story quotes a census stat that 1% of the county is foreign born. Most of that 1% are folks who arrived in the US many decades ago I suspect. The rate of recent international immigration in the Fayette county is about as far an outlier as possible in the US, past, present or future. The opposition is as it typically is about jobs and as the article says: "county residents expressed concern that the immigrant workers at Nemacolin were taking jobs that could have gone to local people..." and that Fayette County "had an average unemployment rate of 9.4 percent over the past year and hit 10 percent in August". Which gets you really wondering. Isn't Fayette one of those counties most impacted by the demand for Marcellus Shale workers? Workers that the drilling companies say they are just unable to hire local workers, thus forcing them to bring so many in from Texas, Oklahoma and similar places.
Speaking of immigrants and otherwise without comment: