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ON: Florida Keys rank 7th worst for income inequality

Posted 10-17-2014 at 09:41 PM by Blondebaerde
Updated 10-20-2014 at 11:16 PM by Blondebaerde

Originally Posted by StarfishKey View Post
This was recently published on keynet.com (article below). Please consider this information before moving down to the Florida Keys. The reality is, a majority of people in the Keys now have moved here voluntarily. A huge percentage do so with no job lined up first and no apartment signed for, and no idea of the real cost of living. People just assume they can come down here and land some service job, hospitality job, dive job, manual labor job, and everything will work itself out. But in reality, there are not enough jobs for all the people who come down here, and the ones that exist are low-pay, no benefits, part-time, and often seasonal. And you need a vehicle.
This is pretty funny. In OP's post, replace the word "Keys" with "Seattle metro," you've described the Pacific Northwest. Almost down to the last word, minus the snorkeling and flood part. Complete and utter silly people turn up on the forum, or just show up in-person, with marginal to no in-demand skills and are astounded when they're priced out very quickly. So the motivation may be a bit different...ours are economic refugees. The Keys, refugees from reality I guess. Guitar-playing weirdos or whatever.

Our problem is one every city or metro area would pay dearly for: a booming economy, if you have the right skills (technology, aerospace). The "income inequality index" (LOL!) must be high here, too. What, because things are "unequal," we're supposed to do...what, exactly?

Feeding bums only encourages them further. Budgets for that sort of crap are being quietly cut around here, I am reasonably sure.

Going to the original Brookings Institute study on "income inequality," they say the following about my home:

"Like San Francisco, Seattle may have less poverty not only because people there earn more, but also because the region’s poor increasingly live in suburbia. For its part, the Emerald City experienced no measurable increase in inequality from 2007 to 2012, indicating that either its low-income households held their own during the recession, or that there were just fewer places for them to live in the city by 2012. If the latter is true, it seems as though residents of south King County may need a minimum wage boost at least as much as their central-city neighbors."

Yah, they got their minimum wage boost at-least, we'll see how that works out over the mid-term. I'm skeptical.
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    I wish the phrase "income equality" would just go away. It's stupid. There are always going to be jobs that command more or less pay than others. Might not sound fair to a lot of people, but that's just the way it is.
    Posted 10-18-2014 at 07:24 AM by case44 case44 is online now

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