Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dan Walters: California falling behind in civic and economic participation

CA'ians are not voting and they're not working.
The erosion of voter turnout parallels the decades-long decline in “labor force participation,” the percentage of adults who are either working or seeking work.

California’s rate is now down to 62.5 percent, the lowest since 1978.

Just as low voter turnout distorts our politics, low labor force participation skews our economy, or at least our perceptions of the economy.

The unemployment rate, widely seen as an economic barometer, is the percentage of those in the labor force who are jobless, but if the labor force is declining vis-à-vis the adult population, it makes the unemployment rate look better than it actually is.

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