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Economic pessimism; 106,100 humans unemployed in San Diego County

A homeless veteran sleeps in a tent, during Stand Down 2007 on July 13, 2007 in San Diego, California. Stand Down is a yearly event that primarily provides support to homeless veterans.
A homeless veteran sleeps in a tent, during Stand Down 2007 on July 13, 2007 in San Diego, California. Stand Down is a yearly event that primarily provides support to homeless veterans.
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Pessimism in the nation persists even as hope in President Barack Obama's ideas earlier this year regarding help for thwarting the escalating "negative cycle of long-term unemployment" fades for some Americans, and here in San Diego County that means about 106,100 unemployed human beings.

Fielding a "full team" of workers was the stated goal in the report from the White House, (see WhiteHouseReport) however, it must be especially perplexing to our elected leaders to read that pessimism in the country is growing as reported in the MercuryNews:

"Seventy-one percent of Americans say they think the recession exerted a permanent drag on the economy, according to a survey being released Thursday by Rutgers University. By contrast, in November 2009, five months after the recession officially ended, the Rutgers researchers found that only 49 percent thought the downturn would have lasting damage."

42% of those surveyed say they have less pay, savings

Further, survey results indicated a worsening of circumstances: "About 42 percent of those surveyed say they have less pay and savings than before the recession began in late 2007. Just 7 percent say they're significantly better off."

President Obama's office, making a big deal out of getting corporate and educational America to help "hardworking, responsible Americans" earlier this year in the report which addressed the topic of joblessness in the United States, also made this important observation:

"Going forward, one of the most critical remaining challenges that we face is that long-term unemployment remains at historically elevated and unacceptable levels."

While the President may have some grand employment scheme in mind, things seem to be worsening for many as now the homeless in America are balking at the influx of the undocumented border crosser.

The changes in policy at the federal level of government are troublesome for many. As mentioned in a story from the LATimes, citizens who believe in playing by the rules may have reason for complaint. In Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, according to the article written by Emily Alpert Reyes last July, announced that the L.A. police would no longer be complying with some detention requests from federal immigration officials.

Garcetti was quoted in the Times piece as stating that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had contacted the city regarding the influx of Central American children and teens, and Reyes wrote that "federal money would flow to pay for legal representation and temporary shelter, while local nonprofits are expected to help find homes for the children."

Homeless activist: 'feeling pain of our own children'

Not mentioned by the Times was the reaction from homeless activist Ted Hayes. Hayes, living in L.A. for three decades, who "adamantly opposes the idea of taking in the aliens," according to the article at BreitbartCalifornia. He states:

“It’s kind of a slap in the face to U.S. citizens. It’s embarrassing. It’s hurtful. Because it’s like a father saying that he loves children outside of the family more than he loves his own. We feel for them."

Besides the hurt he expressed, regarding the government using taxpayer money for embracing non-citizens over homeless citizens, Hayes also added this: “We feel their pain. But we are feeling pain of our own children first.”

In response to the directive by President Obama to put Americans back to work, especially those out of work for 27 weeks or more, the Vice President released his own report, and it stated three problems in convesations with employers, workers and training institutions:

  • From employers: "can’t find enough skilled workers to hire for in-demand jobs they must fill to grow their businesses."
  • From educators: "need better information on what skills those in-demand jobs require."
  • From unemployed: "often aren’t sure what training to pursue and whether jobs will be waiting when they finish."

The employment data for San Diego County breaksdown as follows, per the EDD:

San Diego County Unemployed: 106,100 Rate: 6.6%
Carlsbad has 4.3% unemployment
El Cajon has 9.1% "
Fallbrook has 8.5% "
Imperial Beach has 10.8% "
National City has 13.0% "
Oceanside has 6.3% "
Vista has 7.4% unemployment

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