When the headline asserted that the Arizona city of Yuma ranked at the top of a national list, the natural inclination was to seek out the Arizona Department of Tourism’s website to see what was driving the news. Aside from those seeking to experience scorching, triple digit temperatures or visit the notorious Territorial Prison, the southwestern Arizona city isn’t normally a summer travel destination
The news, it turns out, centers on the recently released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest economic news report provides the continuing dismal news on the employment front, skewed by the administration’s decision not to reflect the job seekers who previously held full-time employment and now have one or more part-time jobs just to make ends meet. Others disappeared from the count when their unemployment benefits ran out while remaining unable to find employment. The Obama administration makes you dig for the appalling statistics. Scroll down to Table 1 and find Civilian labor force and unemployment by state and metropolitan area.
It takes a while on that wordy and cluttered economic news report to locate this jarring news that Yuma Arizona tops the national list with the highest unemployment in the nation— at a staggering 28.9 percent. That’s nearly one third of the previously working populace.
Aside from the Arizona city of Yuma, California tops the rest of the list with metro area rates ranging from an abysmal high of 26.8 percent unemployment to 14.3.
The states with the lowest unemployment are North Dakota (the city of Bismarck is at an enviable 2.5%, joining three other N.D. cities which also reflect exceptionally low rates). Cities in Nebraska, Vermont, Iowa, Texas and New Hampshire factor in similarly low unemployment numbers. The Boston Globe provides a complete list.
The national May unemployment rate has risen to 8.2% with an additional 220,000 seeking benefits. Unemployment rates rose in more than two-thirds of U.S. cities last month. Food-stamp enrollment has risen to an all-time high during Barack Obama’s first term. Spending for food stamps has more than doubled in four years to a record $75.7 billion.
It’s time for a change. Under the current tyrannical regime, hope has all but flown out the door.