4 of 5 Cites with Double National Unemployment Rate are in California

Russ Steele

24/7 Wall Street has the list:

5. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.

  • February unemployment: 17.6%
  • 12-month change in unemployment: -4.3

4. Yuba City, Calif.

  • February unemployment: 19.9%
  • 12-month change in unemployment: -6.1%

3. Merced, Calif.

  • February unemployment: 20.0%
  • 12-month change in unemployment: -4.8%

2. Yuma, Ariz.

  • February unemployment: 23.7%
  • 12-month change in unemployment: +9.2%

1. El Centro, Calif.

  • February unemployment: 26.7%
  • 12-month change in unemployment: -4.0%

More details HERE.  Add this to the list of Cities that are on the cusp of bankruptcy, and  we begin to understand the trouble that California is in:

  • Vallejo
  • Stockton
  • San Jose
  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  •  San Diego

The solution for these economic problems proposed the Legislature and Govern Brown are more taxes. To accelerate the problem CARB is implementing carbon taxes that will drive up the energy cost of all cities and counties in California.  These clueless leaders are driving people and business from the state, accelerating the decline in tax revenues. So far taxes have been coming in a bit slower than last year and is over $1.1 billion behind Brown’s budget.  The tax tracker is HERE.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to 4 of 5 Cites with Double National Unemployment Rate are in California

  1. stevefrisch says:

    Notice what these cities have in common? All of these cities were either heavily dependent upon the construction industry or the agriculture industry (which has chronic high seasonal unemployment) or in most cases a combination of the two.

    What is going unsaid here is that California lost more than 500,000 construction jobs….because it was at the tip of the bubble…which is a national not a state issue.

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