The August 16, 2013 EDD statistics show 8.7 percent of Vistans are unemployed still looking in a bad economy. This translate into 4,400 Vistans in a world of hurt as they try to provide for themselves and or help out struggling loved ones.
In a UTsandiego article last year, Mayor Judy Ritter seemed hopeful about using the combined clout of a joint force of political will, with other mayors along the 78-Freeway from Escondido to the beach cities, and thus drawing businesses into the North County region in order to create jobs for the severely-struggling residents.
Said Mayor Judy Ritter at the time:
“... If somebody came to Vista but we didn’t have a building big enough to house that business, maybe Carlsbad does or maybe Oceanside does. We can pass it on to them instead of sending them back to San Diego. We can keep them in North County and create the jobs up here.”
The region has a collective amount of amenities for potential businesses, the mayors said in the story:
- McClellan-Palomar Airport,
- the beaches and piers,
- colleges and a university,
- a new $1 billion hospital,
- the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
- the Westfield North County mall a
Connected by three major freeways or highways and the Sprinter rail line, the region's Palomar Airport can also fly passengers out to Sacramento, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Cabo San Lucas.