- Mercedes Owners, Ph.D. Holders Join Crowd Straining Food Banks (businessweek.com)
- Farmers Donate Eggs To St. Louis Area Food Bank (fox2now.com)
- Food Bank Of The Rockies Feeds Students Over Springs Break (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Food Banks Unite to Get More Food to Those in Need (wsaz.com)
WSJ-San Francisco Bay Area-June 30, 2011
While the latest Web boom has minted a new crop of millionaires in Silicon Valley, hundreds of thousands of people in the area still struggle to put food on the table.
Amid high unemployment over the past three years, the number of people being served by Second Harvest, one of the Bay Area’s largest food banks, has risen 42%. Some 250,000 people in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties receive food each month from the bank—nearly one in every 10 residents.
Here’s where the war on poverty is being won by Cal Thomas
Robert Woodson would probably wince if you called him a “community organizer.” That’s because for the last 30 years as president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, he has not spent time organizing the poor around ineffective government programs and other addictions he has been helping them become self-sufficient.
“You can’t learn anything by studying failure,” he says. “If you want to learn anything, you must study the successful.”
June 6th, 2011, 1:00 am · 10 Comments · posted by Mary Ann Milbourn
The EDD says another 431,000-plus people have exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits. It is not known how many of those have since found work.
Are You Prepared For The Coming Economic Collapse And The Next Great Depression?
If You Are Unemployed, Should You Move Somewhere Else In Order To Find A Job?
It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Unfortunately, millions of Americans find themselves slowly going insane as they apply for hundreds upon hundreds of jobs and yet never get hired. It is incredibly difficult to get a good job in most areas of the United States today. So if you are unemployed, and there are no jobs in your area, should you move somewhere else in an attempt to find work? That is a very hard question. Of course if what you are currently doing right now is not working it is only natural to want to change course, but sadly unemployment is absolutely rampant all over the United States. Today, the “official” unemployment rate is hovering around 9 percent, but the true employment picture is much bleaker than that.
California’s economy has shifted from slow into low with the unemployment rate expected to be in double digits until 2013, a UCLA economist forecast today.
Jerry Nickelsburg said in UCLA’s California quarterly economic forecast that anticipated job growth pulled back in the fourth quarter of last year and will remain weak in the first part of 2011. He expects job creation to gain speed later this year and into 2012.
As a result, Nickelsburg revised his predictions for statewide job growth down to 1.1% this year from the 1.6% rate initially forecast last fall.
“The recovery is unfolding much as we predicted and, as a consequence, our forecast is very close to those of the last year,” Nickelsburg said. “Those forecasts were for a sluggish, but ever improving jobs pictures. While that is what we are seeing, the improvements we were forecasting, dismal though they were, were not quite dismal enough.”Article
January 31st, 2011, 1:00 am · 108 Comments · posted by Mary Ann Milbourn
California has 314,188 people who have been unemployed more than 99 weeks and have been cut off from jobless benefits, according to the state Employment Development Department, but there’s a glimmer — and we’re talking a flicker — of hope for them.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, reportedly is re-introducing a bill that would give all unemployed, including the 99ers, an additional 14 weeks of additional benefits for a total of 113 weeks of unemployment, according to The American 99ers Union, a website advocating for the long-term unemployed.
naked capitalism: Real Cities in Uneasy Truce with Tent Cities
As the economy limps along, with jobs still falling (despite keen efforts to call a turn, and with the figures a bit more dodgy if you look under the hood), more and more overindebted and underemployed citizens are out on the street.
Reports of tent encampments or parking lots with cars that serve as shelter have been an occasional and sad sighting for more than a year. What is new is that some cities, with their shelters at their limits, have decided it is better to provide limited services to these colonies than try to send the occupants away.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Last summer, police responding to complaints about campfires under a highway overpass found dozens of homeless people living on public land along the Cumberland River.
Eviction notices went up — and then were suspended by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat, who said housing for the homeless should be found first.