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Let's count the loss of Ashley Furniture's green jobs

Posted by Ashley Hong, Policy Intern on Aug. 31, 2016

Last week we learned that Ashley Furniture will be shifting production out of California in favor of their other locations in the US.  While you won't hear them labeled as such, the 840 jobs lost are part of our "green" economy.  The Colton California location uses electricity fueled by mostly low-carbon renewables, nuclear, hydro and natural gas resources.  Workers drive cars to and from work with gasoline blended with renewable fuel and pay about 11 cents per gallon in cap and trade taxes that lawmakers say is necessary to reach our state climate change goals.  

Ashley Furniture locations in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Mississippi do not have the same strict climate change regulations as California.  Any jobs that will be created there to offset the loss in California will not be green.  An honest accounting would subtract the 840 Ashley Furniture green jobs against the 500,000 green jobs that state leaders claim have been created in the state. 

That would be a good start to determine how effective our clean economy policies really are.   

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Report shows diminishing middle class in LA & Bay Area

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on May 13, 2015

The California Business Roundtable's Rob Lapsley said this week, "Policymakers have to modernize our laws in a way that will attract investment that creates middle class job opportunities."
It was his concluding response to a report issued by the Center for Jobs and the Economy titled “Economic Tale of Two Regions: Los Angeles vs. Bay Area”.
The study used EDD data for Los Angeles and the Bay Area to show that jobs created in the past 24 years have been at opposite ends of the wage spectrum—either low-wage or high-wage—leading to a diminishing middle class and the creation of a two-tier economy and growing lower-wage class in California.
The Bay Area accounts for more than 60 percent of the state’s net employment gains since 2007, but job growth has been led by higher wage jobs of the expanding new industries and the lower wage service jobs related to that growth. By contrast, Los Angeles presents a trend largely of jobs stagnation under which middle class wage jobs have been steadily replaced by lower wage service jobs.
Los Angeles and the Bay area's emerging trends are cautionary tales for the entire state of California. Indeed Mr. Lapsley is correct about attracting high wage middle class jobs. Let's start with manufacturing.

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Sensible climate policy can grow all CA jobs

Posted by Ashley Hong, Policy Intern on Feb. 19, 2015

California leaders hope that our climate policies will grow the green economy.  We hope they are right.  But even if green jobs grow, we’ve got to be careful that mandates to reduce fossil fuel use don’t hurt even more jobs in the rest of the economy. 
The California Center for Jobs and the Economy released a new report that puts this into perspective.  No matter who is measuring green jobs, they amount to no more than 2 percent of total jobs in the California economy.   Even a high green jobs growth rate won’t add enough jobs to power our economy.  On the flip side, raising energy rates will increase pressure on manufacturers who employ more than 10 percent of California workers.  They already pay nearly 80 percent higher rates than the national average for electricity.  We need to count manufacturing and other jobs at-risk from higher energy prices to provide a full account of the jobs impact of climate policies.  We should also make sure that energy-efficient manufacturing jobs count as “green” when they are lost, or gained, by state policies.  CMTA will be advocating for sensible climate policies to keep the entire economy on track. 
IMAGE -- Green jobs vs Overall jobs

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