I wanted to comment on the economic decline and which groups are affected. Some sources talk about the medical field being unaffected, but this just isn’t true. I’m finishing my specialty training in 2 months, and I can tell you that all of the specialty fellows, GI, Cardiology, Nephrology, Pulmonary, etc. are having trouble finding jobs.
The graduating residents are running into the same thing. The larger employers, like the University of California system and Kaiser, have implemented hiring freezes in a lot of their departments. This applies to support staff as well (nurses, resp therapists, etc), not just MD’s. The smaller private groups seem to be doing the same, just not announced “official” freezes. A lot of the older docs are also not retiring to make up for all the money they’ve lost recently in their 401k’s. This increased physician “supply” is also dampening the overall salaries as well.
The relevancy to local real estate? Earnings, wealth and perception. Okay, and a chance to get our Case-Shiller discussion back on track.
∙ January S&P/Case-Shiller: San Francisco MSA Decline Accelerates [SocketSite]
∙ JustQuotes: FIFO Not LIFO For The San Francisco Economy? [SocketSite]