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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    I notice Washington was 2d at 5.2%, must of been that major increase in minimum wage......
    .....or the labor pool tightened up or a decrease in federal constraints leads to increases in economic activity.

    Either way it's about time wages showed some signs of increases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fenrir View Post
    .....or the labor pool tightened up or a decrease in federal constraints leads to increases in economic activity.

    Either way it's about time wages showed some signs of increases.
    Washington has some of the lowest unemployment in the country, regardless of the fact they have one of the highest minimum wages in the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Washington has some of the lowest unemployment in the country, regardless of the fact they have one of the highest minimum wages in the country.
    Cost of living.




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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    ?? Huh? I was already IN the private sector at the time I was pondering that transfer----this was WAYYYY back in the early 1980's....
    I felt compelled to inform Libertine that a Hewlett-Packard job is in the private sector, but then I remembered that ignorance is bliss and so let him be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
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    Not directed at you per se, but I have to say I detect a definite partisan insistence that because the state is considered "red," any good news must be dismissed or spun negative. Partisan left wingers will praise and adore places like Southern California, the Bay Area, Seattle, Denver, and the like, why? For any real underlying economic reason? Not really, it's mainly just because of partisan politics, i.e. the red or blue voting record of the state. What's left out or ignored? The fucking insane cost of living in those places. Try to find a decent three bedroom in a good school zone in any of those cities. It's altogether unaffordable for most ordinary people. Most of the top 10 most unaffordable housing markets are in California. If you're not a lawyer, doctor, tech whiz, business executive, or tenured college professor, your overall quality of life in a lot of these areas is actually relatively shitty. You're priced out. You must accept long commutes, lower quality public education, and higher debt to income ratios. Why aren't these blue states harangued by liberal champions of economic equality over this issue? Why aren't they demanding politicians pass laws that magically make the cost of living lower in these areas? Because these states vote for Democrats in national elections, and that's all that matters to a partisan dolt.

    For a long time Idaho has been the cheapest cost of living state west of Oklahoma. Wages are naturally lower where cost of living is lower, and higher where cost of living is higher. Idaho is changing rapidly. As growth occurs, demand for virtually everything increases, which pushes prices of everything upward. The of rising wages will be corresponding increases to cost of living, which will make worker retention worse unless firms raise their wages. And when economic growth is occurring, many firms will be able to afford to do this and their frustration with continuous recruiting and vacancies will push those wages higher.

    Even partisans should celebrate the economic development of formerly backwoods conservative areas. It tends to moderate the states politically and brings a typically more liberal urban presence to the state's largest cities. Instead partisan retards insist on speaking with only contempt about any state that appears red on a presidential voting map.
    You misunderstand me. I am happy about Idaho's economic progress. The story about South Carolina, i am pretty sure I heard in a John Stossel documentary about the parlous state of our educational system in this country as a whole; he was strongly advocating for school choice. Surely you know that John Stossel is a deep conservative......

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    Quote Originally Posted by BitterPill View Post
    I felt compelled to inform Libertine that a Hewlett-Packard job is in the private sector, but then I remembered that ignorance is bliss and so let him be.
    Well, we did have a lot of government contracts, so maybe he thinks that qualified me as a public employee. Ha. When I first went to work for HP, I was helping to make spectrum analyzers that cost ~$40,000. It was mostly our secret government agencies like the NSA that were buying these things.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Well, we did have a lot of government contracts, so maybe he thinks that qualified me as a public employee. Ha. When I first went to work for HP, I was helping to make spectrum analyzers that cost ~$40,000. It was mostly our secret government agencies like the NSA that were buying these things.....
    I used one when I worked at Qualcomm in the late 90's. Had an HP probe in my hand nearly 8 hours a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    You misunderstand me. I am happy about Idaho's economic progress. The story about South Carolina, i am pretty sure I heard in a John Stossel documentary about the parlous state of our educational system in this country as a whole; he was strongly advocating for school choice. Surely you know that John Stossel is a deep conservative......
    I don’t think I misunderstand you. I started off with “not directed at you...”
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