The MoTown microcosm …

In prior posts this week, we noted that – on a macro  basis — there are 122 million adults in the US who are dependent on 121 million tax payers who work in private sector.

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A microcosm of the US picture is the city of Detroit

You know, Detroit as in ”about to file for bankruptcy”

Detroit as in “we voted you in, now bail us out”.

Detroit as in “unions are the way to middle class success”.

Consistent with the emerging national picture, it turns out that the  257,576 people in Detroit who do not have a job and are not looking for one outnumber the 224,846 residents who do have jobs.

Here are some other factoids courtesy of CNS

  • Detroit faces obligations over the next six months that exceed its revenues by $47 million.
  • The city now pays $1.08 in benefits to municipal workers and retirees for every $1.00 it pays in salary.
  • According the U.S. Census Bureau, Detroit had 1,849,568 people and was the fifth-largest city in the nation …  by 2011, Detroit’s population dropped to 706,585.
  • The Census Bureau estimates there are 563,055 people age 16 or older in the city who could potentially work and be part of the labor force.
  • But only 54.3 percent of these — or 305,479 individuals — actually do participate in the labor force, meaning they either have a job or are looking for one.
  • Another 257,576 of Detroit residents age 16 or older — 45.7 percent of that demographic — do not participate in the labor force. They do not have a job, and they are not looking for one.
  • In fact, these 257,576 people in Detroit who do not have a job and are not looking for one outnumber the 224,846 residents who do have jobs.
  • Very few of the people who are staying out of the labor force in Detroit are staying out because they are stay-at-home moms with working husbands. Of the 264,209 households in Detroit, only 24,275 — or 9.2 percent — are married couple families with children under 18.
  • Of the 224,846 residents who do have jobs, 34,500 — or 15.3 percent — have jobs with the government.
  • Thus, this city that boasted 1,849,568 residents in 1950 has only 190,346 private-sector workers today.
  • There are 264,209 households in Detroit, and 91,204 of them — or 34.5 percent — get food stamps.
  • There were 12,103 babies born in Detroit in the 12 months prior to the Census Bureau survey, and 9,124 of them — or 75.4 percent of babies — were born to unmarried women.
  • The Department of Education says that in the Detroit public schools — which have books — only 7 percent of the eight graders are grade-level proficient in reading and only 4 percent are grade-level proficient in math.

Let’s raise taxes and look for the union label …

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