Now that the political dust from the 2010 mid-term election has settled and the veils have been lifted, it is back to the stark realities of the challenges that face this nation, but moreover our community. Exit polls nationwide voiced people’s cry for an end to high unemployment rates, replaced post-haste with the creation of meaningful-wage jobs that lead people to self-sufficiency. No matter the political party banner one chooses to wave, nor whether or not you chose to be a responsible citizen by voting, in the final analysis, all roads lead right back to the power of E3: education, employment and economic development.
An article entitled “America in Crisis,” notes that the October 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics report revealed positive employment trends. However, considering the current levels of job creation, it will take 20 years simply to return back to December 2007 employment levels. It is suggested that at a minimum, 127,000 jobs need to be created per month to keep abreast of population growth and to keep unemployment hovering at just 9.6%. Unfortunately, these figures do not include the ranks of the under-employed, those who have given up searching for a job, or those who have extinguished all of their unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.