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  1. ocrenter
    April 3, 2012 @ 12:03 PM

    Rich, I wonder if the number
    Rich, I wonder if the number is actually worse than the near 20% drop. Afterall, realtors are typically self-employed. A realtor with a single sale in a year is still technically generating income and thus not unemployed, right? Same goes with contractors and sub-contractors. Any way to look into the severity of underemployment of the realtor/contractor fields?

    • Rich Toscano
      April 3, 2012 @ 4:30 PM

      Hi ocr — Well, this is the
      Hi ocr — Well, this is the “establishment” survey of employers, so self-employed people don’t actually show up in this one. That said, behind the scenes what you are describing could certainly have been happening, especially among realtors (since I suspect they are more likely to be self-employed than most industries are).

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