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A Year In Review

After reading Sean Shaw’s review of 2010 for his blog, I started to look at the stats and demographics of jordoncooper.com.  This is what I discovered.

The bulk of my visitors are from the United States and then Canada followed the by U.K.  The site used to be blocked in China but I see the Great Firewall of China has invited me back in for 2010.

Of course there are countries that aren’t so found of this site.  In 2010 it received no visitors from the following countries; Western Sahara, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Central African Republic, Gabon, Mozambique, Somalia, Swaziland, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.  Then again Sean’s blog could be sucking up all of the traffic from these countries.

My worldwide marketing efforts paid off and I received one visitor each from Cuba, Palau, New Caledonia, Greenland, Mali, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Maldives, Laos, Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Helena, Congo [DRC], Montserrat, and the Solomon Islands.

My march towards worldwide media domination is working as traffic has doubled in other parts of the world and I have received two visits from each of the following countries.  Benin, Namibia, Grenada, Gibraltar, Cameroon, Kyrgyzstan, Haiti, Madagascar, Myanmar [Burma], Libya, Paraguay, Albania, Botswana, Yemen, Zambia, Moldova, and Réunion.

The top ten keywords of 2010

  1. jordon cooper
  2. jordan cooper (they could be looking for this guy)
  3. narcissistic personality disorder
  4. impact of facebook
  5. facebook impact on society
  6. ford festiva
  7. impact of facebook on society
  8. facebook impact
  9. salvation army christmas hampers
  10. social impact of facebook

As far as technology goes, most of you still use a horrible web browser.  You may want to upgrade to Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

Jordon Cooper Browser UsedThe most popular phone to browse the site is the iPhone/iPod touch, followed by the Blackberry, Android, and even some T-Mobile Sidekicks.  In 2010 there was also one visitor running OS/2.

Some of the more interesting networks visiting the site more than ten times in 2010 were the RCMP, the Whitehouse (I have had readers now from three different administrations), CTV, Kentucky Department of Corrections, Department of Veterans Affairs, Apple Computer, Briarcrest College (which is interesting in that I used to be banned by them), Defense Research Establishment(apparently there is a military industrial complex), University of Tehran, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Justice (was researching a case I had posted about – someone called me to talk about it), USA Today (I think it is a sports blogger), The New York Times (over 1000 page views), Time Inc, Toronto Star, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Energy (nuclear secrets, second door on your left), U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Privy Council Office (page views show a loyal reader in the office), Oral Roberts University (?!), Halliburton, Foreign Affairs Magazine, Council on Foreign Relations, Department of Homeland Security, Department of National Defense (looks like a P.R. thing… looking at my posts on the F-35), Canadian Football League, Canadian House of Commons, Canadian Senate, Canadian Space Agency, Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, and CBS.

As far as Twitter goes, I am being followed by 1,132 people and am blocked by one Saskatoon city councilor.

Only 47% of working age American’s have full time jobs

Looking at the January 7 employment report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows some startling numbers and started me thinking about Saskatoon.

The total non institutional civilian labor force (Americans 16 years and older who are not in a institution -criminal, mental, or other types of facilities- or an active military duty) is reported as 238.889 million. Of these, we see:

  • Employed: 139.206 million people (58.3% of labor force)
  • Unemployed: 14.485 million people (6.1% of labor force)

Obviously, that can’t be the total picture, we’re only at 64.4%. This is why:

  • Part time employed for economic reasons: 8.931 million people. This concerns people who want a full-time job but can’t get one.
  • Part time employed for non-economic reasons: 18.184 million people. Non-economic reasons include school or training, retirement or Social Security limits on earnings, but also childcare problems and family or personal obligations.

But the by far largest category "missing" from both the Employed and Unemployed statistics is the "Not In Labor Force": 85.2 Million people.
The BLS definition states: "Not in the labor force (NILF). A person who did not work last week, was not temporarily absent from a job, did not actively look for work in the previous 4 weeks, or looked but was unavailable for work during the reference week; in other words, a person who was neither employed nor unemployed." (Clearly, this does include lot of unemployed people).
To summarize: 108.616 million people in America are either unemployed, underemployed or "Not in the labor force". This represents 45.5% of working age Americans.

What does this mean?  Is 47% of the workforce working full time jobs enough to pay for the rest of the countries entitlements?  Especially as Baby Boomers retire and smaller generations take on that burden?  Forget the United States as a country, look at the numbers locally.  Even in Saskatoon, much of our expected growth will come from seniors retiring into our cities.  Projections for school age kids is to remain flat or show small growth in the city.

Saskatoon's demographics in 2026

This will increase health costs, increase the need for public transit (not a bad thing), and may put some downward pressure on the real estate market (will senior’s want single detached homes or as we see in the transformation of Market Mall from sleepy mall into a mega city, will they want condos and assisted senior’s living?).  I know health is a federal/provincial responsibility but money that is spent on healthcare is money that isn’t available for other programs.  Of course with a larger percentage of Saskatoon’s citizens not paying the income tax they once were, what does that do for the coffers in Regina and Ottawa? 

Politicians speak in terms of unemployment but more and more I am starting to think that employment numbers are more important.  Not only for those that are seeking work but for their contributions to the fair and just society that we call home.  Now one of the ways to balance this out is to increase immigration to Canada.  I know that has come with it’s own difficulties but Canada isn’t a melting pot, it is a “community of communities” and outside of Quebec, we don’t struggle with the nationalistic feelings that other countries have (outside of a two week window every year when the World Junior Hockey Championships are on).  I am obviously biased having married an immigrant to Canada but for me, a more diverse Saskatoon could be a great side effect of an aging population.

Plus, increased immigration to Saskatoon would mean more trips to the region by Jason Kenney as he stumped for their votes.