Monday, September 05, 2011

A tale of two news stories

I defer to Mike for the deeper thoughts today, but I just found curious that these two articles (we will call them exhibits A and B) in the PG were not rolled into one story. To treat them as distinct stories misses the real issues. Also, some might be surprised that Mike's views are shared by a few others in town.

But on those stories... or more generally for Labor Day, just some stats you think someone might mention.
  • Percentage Hispanic in the Pittsburgh MSA, 2010:  1.3%.  (and channelling the Carville corollary for some perspective, Alabama statewide is 3.9% Hispanic).
  • Percentage of private sector workers in the Pittsburgh MSA that are union members in 2010: 10.8% (Unionstats). 
  • In 1910, the percentage of Allegheny County's population that was foreign born: At least 26.7%

6 Comments:

Anonymous Jerry said...

Any idea why this report lumps all non-white people into one category and assumes there's a strong correlation between that and immigration? Most black Americans were born here. So if a city has a very large black population, that would seem to work against them in this study.

I know -- we know from other sources that Pittsburgh has an immigration problem. Just seems like a strange metric here.

Monday, September 05, 2011 8:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what about the other story about the upcoming Council Council "Hire American" vote? Apparently, Americans are all we've got!

I wonder what the minority and foreign-born stats are when you factor out the East End of Pittsburgh.

Monday, September 05, 2011 9:47:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

And what about the other story about the upcoming Council Council "Hire American" vote? Apparently, Americans are all we've got!

I believe that story was the exhibit B in the post.

I wonder what the minority and foreign-born stats are when you factor out the East End of Pittsburgh.

yup.

Monday, September 05, 2011 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

All my high school teachers said I'd need to know Spanish when I grew up. I'm not too upset about how wrong they were on that one since I do use algebra.

Monday, September 05, 2011 11:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oakland/Shadyside/Squirrel Hill--an everything bagel in a Wonder Bread sea.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:48:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

That the "everything bagel" is only a lesser offense against all that is decent only improves your metaphor.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:56:00 AM  

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