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California's Comeback

Parts of California are being left behind. Many inland areas still face double-digit unemployment rates and continuing foreclosures. (Two inland cities, Stockton and San Bernardino, went bust in 2012.) The Census Bureaus supplemental poverty measure, which takes the cost of living and public benefits into account, finds that Californias poverty rate, at 24%, is the highest in America. Latinos, soon to be Californias biggest other ethnic group, suffer disproportionately. Mr Brown mentions increased healthcare coverage and a hike in the minimum wage (to $10 an hour, from 2016), but external link doubts government can do much more. Jobs is a very abstract term, he muses; easy to demand, hard to create.
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