Job Growth POPS!

A month ago the Bay Area labor market appeared to have flatlined. Now! To the Moon, Alice! (Alert: Honeymooners reference)

See the latest summary here.

Top Statistics Statewide – January 2015

Unemployment Rate: 6.9% | -0.2

Labor Force: 18,936,200 |   +22,500

Employment: 17,620,300 |   +54,000

Unemployment: 1,315,900 |   -31,500

Non Farm Jobs: 15,928,000 |   +67,300

UI Initial Claims: 239,200 |   -6,900

Source: Ca EDD

New Highrises Dot Downtown San Francisco

New Highrises Dot Downtown San Francisco

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Photo Challenge: Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?

This week Michelle W. gave us a photo challenge to… “wow us with punchy pops of orange.”

I know you’ve seen this structure. It’s steel and concrete. It spans a windy straight that’s about 300 feet deep under the surface of the bay. No, it’s not golden. It’s orangy (International Orange or so they say). It looks red a lot of the time unless it needs paint and then it looks rusty. Been there?

See the Weekly Photo Challenge here.

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Photo Challenge: Reward

This week Krista gave us a photo challenge to provide a graphic representation of Reward.

This story starts one summer in the mid-1960s. I was a kid living in a small town in South Jersey. I was about to cross a two-lane highway (eleven-year-olds did that by themselves a generation ago) and had to wait for a motorcycle to go by. It was a big “boxer” a horizontally opposed BMW twin-cylinder touring motorcycle. It seemed to float by effortlessly. I said to myself (remember I was alone crossing that two-lane highway), someday I’m going to have one of those! And, now I do.

Last summer I took a trip over the Sonora and Tioga Passes in the Eastern Sierras with a group of 16 other motorcyclists. We spent one night at Mono Lake (Lee Vining), which is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I have to admit that the Eastern Sierras are much different than the Tahoe Basin where I’ve spent much more time. Different but no less spectacular. If you’ve worked hard and want to reward yourself, take a trip to the Eastern Sierras, Mono Lake and, oh yeah, stop by that place called Yosemite Valley, too!

See the Weekly Photo Challenge here.

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Will Housing Prices Wither?

The real estate markets have become fickle beasts. Capital markets bubble and burst taking it out on the little guy. January is a fickle month, too. We saw very few home sales in January in the San Francisco Bay Area relative to the long-term average. Median prices drooped along with sales volume. It’s not possible to predict what the balance of 2015 will be like but it sure got off to a rocky start. Median prices in eight of the nine counties were lower in January than the average of the prior six months. See the median price trends for the nine Bay Area Counties here.

Urban Living, Columbia Park, San Francisco, CA

Urban Living, Columbia Park, San Francisco, CA

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Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

Oh, yes, rules ARE meant to be broken! But they do work. This week Jen Hooks has challenged us to recompose relying on the Rule of Thirds. It’s good to be a little off center. ;-)

See the Weekly Photo Challenge here.

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Photo Challenge: Symmetry

This week we’ve been challenged to show an image with symmetry by Cheri Lucas Rowlands. Appropriate for Friday the 13th of February. 2+13=15. It appears Cheri likes balance in her life ;-).

From a graphics standpoint… symmetry is about balance and balance is relaxed and calm. Diagonals and offset points of focus are dynamic… they add tension. So let’s find balance on Friday the 13th. Who knows what challenges the day may bring?

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Job Growth Stalls

Employment in the San Francisco Bay Area has stalled at just over 3.7 million over the past four months. There is general optimism for 2015 but housing prices and rents have also slowed. Should be an interesting spring!

See the latest summary here.

Los Gatos High School

Los Gatos High School

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