Last month 120,000 net jobs were added to the economy overall. While there are some who are jumping for joy saying the crisis is soon over, there are others who are still having a hard time coping.
Local residents in Maywood and Bellwood are still experiencing very high unemployment, an extra high rate of foreclosures, and a still broken educational system.
Mattie said “No one cares, because no one knows…………….I have been here for 40 years, and no one cares”
Local shopowners are very dismal about their future too.
Unnamed Librarian “This is all we have, so we make due”.
As I canvas the neighborhood looking for signs of hope, I see very little. In Maywood, there is some light through PLCCA and local leader, Isiah Brandon with his Youth on the Move. With little in the way of real recovery, knowing that it takes at least, 200 to 250,000 jobs a month to turn things around, we are not well.
Yes, the new national number for unemployment is 8.6% and yes, the stock market is very positive, but who is really the benefactor? Obviously not those who were most affected by the poor economy in the beginning. They are still suffering and going under.