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Freelance workers a growing segment of California economy
LA Times ^ | 8/2/14 | Tiffany Hsu

Posted on 08/02/2014 11:21:10 PM PDT by Nachum

A short gig doing security for the True Blood television show. A stint driving for a rental car company. A week as a customer service representative at a retail store.

This is how Delvontaie Antwine, 34, makes do in California's economic recovery — earning a few scattered paychecks a month from odd temp jobs while living with relatives in Silver Lake.

Each week, he goes to a career center, where recently he was looking into positions transporting patients for Kaiser Permanente.

"I just need something consistent; otherwise, I'm like a puppy chasing its tail," he said. "I'm at the bottom of the totem pole right now."

It's a purgatory sometimes called the gray economy. Although the official state unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% in June, 16.2% of Californians — or about 6.2 million — were either jobless, too discouraged to seek work, working less than they'd like or in off-the-books jobs.

That's the highest rate in the country, tied with Nevada. The rate is higher, at 17.8%, in Los Angeles County, where nearly 2 million people aren't fully employed.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: california; economy; freelance; workers
The "purgatory" economy.
1 posted on 08/02/2014 11:21:10 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Hahahaha! We have jobs out the ying-yang here, but don’t tell these losers.


2 posted on 08/02/2014 11:23:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Nachum

I guess you can write only so many lines of poetry, paint so many bowls of fruit or learns so many guitar chords before you start to get hungry. Miss Piggy Pelosi didn’t think of that. A man’s gotta eat.


3 posted on 08/02/2014 11:27:24 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It is my home!!!)
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To: Nachum

Basically it’s a slave economy.


4 posted on 08/02/2014 11:29:18 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

That is where never-ending funemployment checks and welfare are for.


5 posted on 08/02/2014 11:30:02 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Jonty30
Basically it’s a slave economy.

Pretty much.

6 posted on 08/02/2014 11:33:46 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Nachum

“unregulated hiring sites”

I wonder how one goes about finding those.


8 posted on 08/02/2014 11:39:19 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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I wonder how one goes about finding those.

In front of any Home Depot.

9 posted on 08/02/2014 11:41:35 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: F15Eagle; Nachum

“Although the official state unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% in June”

I read that the Wall Street Journal estimated unemployment at over 37% back in January.

That’s even worse than I thought.


10 posted on 08/02/2014 11:42:18 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Nachum

In other words, no stability and no benefit jobs. Yeah for the Rat economy!


11 posted on 08/03/2014 12:22:38 AM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: Nachum

“In front of any Home Depot.”

Correct me if I am wrong, but that is labor, mainly construction labor, is it not?


12 posted on 08/03/2014 12:44:29 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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Yeppers.


14 posted on 08/03/2014 1:02:56 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Nachum
"I'm at the bottom of the totem pole right now."

That is racist against poles, he should be sent for pole sensitivity training and re-education.

15 posted on 08/03/2014 1:04:01 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Nachum

and those are just the official unemployment numbers, the reality is much worse.


16 posted on 08/03/2014 1:04:35 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Jonty30

“Basically it’s a slave economy.”

It is, yet the Republicans can’t get an advantage from it. In the past, Americans idolized people like Bill Gates because they provided opportunities for American workers to get a taste of a better life. Now Americans are likely to blame those wealthy entrepreneurs because they know the work is being exported or foreign workers are being imported to do it; the opportunities are much fewer.

Socialism and Bolshevism aren’t spreading in America’s middle class for nothing; an increasing number of people see they’ve been screwed by “global capitalism”, and they’ll run to the nanny-state for the basics.


17 posted on 08/03/2014 3:24:25 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: dsc
“In front of any Home Depot.”

Correct me if I am wrong, but that is labor, mainly construction labor, is it not?

I think it is about 50-50 construction and landscaping.

18 posted on 08/03/2014 3:31:16 AM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: Nachum

It’s a purgatory sometimes called the gray economy. Although the official state unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% in June, 16.2% of Californians — or about 6.2 million — were either jobless, too discouraged to seek work, working less than they’d like or in off-the-books jobs.

Also known as the economy where the government lies about the real unemployment rate.


19 posted on 08/03/2014 3:42:04 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: GeronL

We can trust that the FedGov’s reporting of the unemployment rate is every bit as accurate as the wait-time stats at the VA hospitals.


20 posted on 08/03/2014 4:22:52 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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Jacob Sundstrom, 22, graduated from college last year with good grades and aspirations of becoming a sportswriter. But he couldn’t find a full-time position and now lives with his parents in Fontana.


“Proof in the pudding!”


21 posted on 08/03/2014 5:13:00 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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From the article: “People made a good trade-off 50 years ago — working 40 hours a week to have a home, send their kids to college and retire — but now they’re asking why they should have a full-time job if there’s no job security or benefits,”


Why? If you have to ask “why” you are nothing more than a lazy bum.

Job security? YOU are your job security. Learn something of value, learn work ethic, work hard for your employer and most of all, learn that your employer is not your adult baby sitter, counselor, pseudo mom, or responsible for your own actions.

Learn your trade or job very well and strive to excel at it and if your employer does not advance you, simply seek employment at another business. No one is making you stay there. In a “free society” business (not unionized, government, or government contracting) you will be compensated at a rate that will allow YOU to purchase your health insurance (used to be that way before obamacare) and other needed services.

Today’s employee’s M.O. is “I don’t have any skills but if you train me I’ll work for you.....but I won’t if you fail to pay me the same wages as those who are experts in their field and have worked for you for years.......MAKING A PROFIT FOR THE COMPANY.

Today’s job applicant has come to expect a job...not the chance to have a job. That, you have to earn.


22 posted on 08/03/2014 6:05:46 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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Each week, he goes to a career center, where recently he was looking into positions transporting Ebola patients for Kaiser Permanente.

Yeah, I'd probably skip that one.

23 posted on 08/03/2014 6:06:42 AM PDT by palmer (This comment is not approved or cleared by FDA)
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To: Jonty30
Basically it’s a slave economy.

Basically, it's an entrepreneurial economy, which is much healthier than an employee economy.

Wanna make a buck...you'll have to hustle and produce.

If you're lazy or sloppy or unproductive, you don't eat.

24 posted on 08/03/2014 6:27:30 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: Nachum

Morally challenged freelance entertainers have been around a long tome in LA there called hookers and reporters.


25 posted on 08/03/2014 7:09:08 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: RoosterRedux

Then with upwards of 60 million Latinos being introduced into the economy, it’s about to get very entrepreneurial and very healthy by your measure.


26 posted on 08/03/2014 7:30:52 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Jonty30

LOL...it sure is.


27 posted on 08/03/2014 7:41:17 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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