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Joblessness in America

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This is a fantastic breakdown of the current level of joblessness in America.  One factoid that blows my mind away:  there are six unemployed workers for every open job.  Nebraska is 2nd best in the nation when it comes to unemployment rates, something we can document here locally.

What I don’t understand is why folks seeking jobs aren’t leaving their place of residence in search of work.  In certain counties in Southern California, unemployment is reaching upwards of 20%.  The Great Depression was witness to a massive migration to the West and the South in search of work.  Why, in the so-called worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, have those folks NOT left those areas for work in the Great Plains?

Your thoughts are welcome.


Written by Caleb

January 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm

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  1. I think some people have hope that things will improve. I certainly hope my own situation will continue to improve over time.

    It is difficult to give up being around friends and family and familar surroundings. When my family moved to Ord the kids had to give up seeing grandpa and grandma daily. But, now the kids get to see their cousins daily. My family was lucky we had extended family already living in Ord. I really can not imagine living in a town with out family nearby.


    January 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

  2. The economy will rebound, it always does, but usually in unforeseen ways.

    From experience, it certainly is hard to leave family. My wife and I have no immediate family in the area, only an aunt in Spalding. I do think you will see a continuing trend where families live in closer proximity with each other. Economics plays a role in this; its hard for many people to make it work on a 2 income household let alone 1.

    Ord has an opportunity to connect with those that left and still have family in the area. Our challenge is making sure we have jobs and resources for them to plug in to when they get here.


    January 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm

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