By Samuel Strait, Reporter at Large – February 22, 2021 – Graphic Credit to Statista

Over the past year much of the news concerned the state of the current
pandemic and our reaction to it.  It is well documented that our economy
suffered a significant blow as well and unemployment sky rocketed to
unimaginative heights.  In April of 2020 the US unemployment rate rose
by over ten percent to 14.7% While that may seem artificially low due to
the extensive effect of the lock downs on small businesses, it is well
known that the unemployment rate is often much higher due to the way
unemployment is recorded.

So how does it look for us in Del Norte County, an area where
unemployment is traditionally high, particularly through the winter
months.  According to the Employment Development Department (EDD) the local unemployment rate is 9.2%, while California’s rate over all is 9.0% as of December 2020.  The recent up tick in the rate was due to a recent surge in reported Covid cases which allowed California’s governor to impose renewed lock downs in November.  All in all for Del Norte County this seems to be very good news as the unemployment rate could very well be much higher.  And it is.

The report from EDD very rarely gives us a clear picture of the other
side of unemployment. 

Most people understand that the EDD report of 9.2% is well below the actual rate in this County.

So how do we stack up against the rest of the world.  The actual rate
given as 9.2% is among the highest in the nation, where the unemployment rate is currently at 6.9%.  At the end of 2019 the US rate fell to an historic low of 3.5%, eclipsing a previous record from all the way back in 1969.  At the time the US was experiencing the 3.5% rate, Del Norte County was at 5.7%.

  • That of self employed workers,
  • many part time workers,
  • owner operated small businesses that are closed,
  • and a variety of other employees that no longer look for work. 

So what is it about Del Norte County that is reflected in persistently
high unemployment.  Most evaluations of this phenomena point to
educational attainment, age, and gender. Individuals that live in higher
unemployment areas also do not tend to migrate to places with greater
employment opportunities. When that is coupled with poor performance by local schools, it becomes clear why Del Norte’s unemployment rate tends to be higher than other areas in the state and the country as well. 
Many of our employable youth either never complete their education, or
do so poorly that they never enter the job market.  If Del Norte County
is to radically change that dynamic education of our youth must become a
priority.

3 thoughts on “Unemployment and Del Norte County”
  1. They are on our areas social programs. Word gets around in the homeless, jobless, and unlawful communities where is the best place to sign up for benefits. It seems Crescent City and Del Norte county fit the bill. As long as law enforcement and judges are held back by voters wishes it won’t/can’t change.

  2. What the hell wants to weigh in, Sam. First, with all these government handouts, who the hell needs to work? Second, how about all the help wanted signs at such businesses as Home Depot and Walmart? Many of us worked these jobs while we continued our higher education.
    These jobs pay fairly well and offer benefits. The problems? Folks are lazy. Folks are “potted” out and lack motivation. Mommy and Daddy are offering free food and shelter.
    Our farm industries are hiring aliens because our useless citizens do not want to do the work that, “Americans can’t do.” What a joke. Unemployment stats don’t mean diddly. There indeed is work out there, even in Del Norte County.

    1. There are about twenty eight thousand people that live in the County. Of that number only about eight thousand are considered employed. If you take those that are incarcerated, add infants and students, plus retired folks, and those that are disabled, you end up with about eight to ten thousand people that do not appear to work, unless they are housewives? I once talked to a social worker who said at most times up to seventy five hundred people in the County were on some sort of public assistance and not working. I never found out if it was true or not, but some how there seems to be a lot of people in the County that do not work. I find it hard to believe we have that many people who are independently wealthy and do not need to work.

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