Although Linda Valdez and her cohorts at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) promote the idea of Mexico as a substantial trading partner and illegal aliens flooding border towns as America’s best hope for the future, the facts paint a much different picture.
The latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics have once again placed the border communities of Yuma, Arizona and El Centro, California at the top of the nation’s highest unemployment list. When we wrote about the disastrous figures this past June, the numbers were lower than they are now.
In Yuma, for example, the unemployment rate for June was 28.1 percent. Now Yuma has topped that shameful rate by jumping even higher to 29.8 percent. October’s abysmal national unemployment rate of 7.9 percent — takes on a healthy glow next to El Centro and Yuma — which are more than three-and-a-half times the national rate.
What do these communities have in common? Both El Centro and Yuma are contiguous to one another and to the Mexican border. The staggering unemployment has nearly doubled in the Yuma area during the first term of Barack Obama’s presidency. In January 2009, when Obama was inaugurated, the Labor Department reported an unemployment rate in Yuma of 15.4 percent. Yet inexplicably, Hispanic voters rewarded him with 71 percent of their vote in the 2012 presidential election.
Bismarck, North Dakota had the nation’s lowest unemployment rate at a mere 2.2 percent.