Middle class jobs are shrinking
Steve Bosh, KUSI NEWS
Thursday, February 12, 2015
San Diego chose not to grow infrastructure, decided not to increase its airport size, kind of decided where its niche would be would be in this innovation economy and in tourism," said Erik Bruvold of National University's Institute for Policy Research.
Bruvold has analyzed San Diego's employment over the past 10 years and discovered that focusing on a high paying innovation economy can hollow out the middle class.
"We forget some of this more bread and butter stuff that affects the folks in the middle with again middle level skills that right now are having a hard time finding middle wage jobs," he said.
Bruvold said focusing on high end jobs has a danger of creating a two tier economy.
"One with lots of service jobs which are relatively low pay and require relatively low skills and then jobs at the upper end that require a minimum of a 4-year college degree," Bruvold said.