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High-speed rail job numbers lower than 1st thought

The proposed high-speed rail from LA to San Francisco will create fewer jobs than first expected, officials say.

December 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A proposed high-speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco would not create as many jobs as first thought.

It all came down to some complicated wording used by the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

When they said the project would create 1 million jobs, they weren't referring to the number of workers. As it turns out, that figure instead refers to job years.

So a person working for 10 years represents 10 job years, not 10 jobs.

The clarification comes in response to an investigation by the San Jose Mercury News.