Scatters Shots 07-30-12

Russ Steele


  • I have updated the Nevada County employment numbers based on the top 50 companies in the the County.   From February to June the Top 50 lost 195 jobs, down from 85 jobs a year ago. More details at Jobs Tab.
  • I have updated the Nevada County Tourism numbers at the Tourism Tab above. The Food/Beverage/Accommodations remains essentially flat, with a 2 job increase from February to June in the Top 50. The shocker was the 99 job loss in the Service/Leisure segment.
  • The County Tourism website traffic is increasing and may have influenced the Food/Beverage/Accommodations number above.
  • PG&E continues to send letters requesting permission to put a device on our AC unit so they can control it’s use during high demand via the SmartMeter grid. The caption on the letter is An easy $50 dollars for you. An easy way to help California. According to the letter over 145,000 PG&E Customers have enrolled in the SmartAC program. My answer was a strong NO. Unable to control the sun and the wind, PG&E wants to control my power consumption during the summer months.
  • India’s power grid has collapsed three times in two days, as demand exceeds capacity. One of the reasons given is the growing list of environmental regulations that are restricting coal production, which is the main fuel used in power generation plants. Increasing regulations have restricted the use of coal power in California, while mandating the use of alternative energy sources that may not be capable of keeping up with demand, thus PG&E’s request to control my AC use.  We are fortunate that so far our summer temperatures are relatively mild.

About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to Scatters Shots 07-30-12

  1. California ranks second highest in employment distress
    Dan Walters
    Today, 10:54 AM
    California’s unemployment rate – currently 10.7 percent – has been the nation’s third highest for months but ranks second worst in a broader measure of employment distress by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    It’s called “U-6” and it includes not only unemployment, but “marginally attached workers,” and those employed only part-time for economic reasons.

    By that measure, 20.3 percent of California’s workforce was distressed from the third quarter of 2011 through the second quarter of 2012, the new BLS report says. And that was second only to neighboring Nevada’s 22.1 percent.

    California is also tied for the top spot with Rhode Island in the “U-4” category – unemployed workers plus discouraged workers – at 11.8 percent.

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