Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jobless in NEPA

The recently released unemployment numbers are once again staggering.  The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region leads the commonwealth in joblessness with a 9.6% unemployment rate.  What does that mean?  For 36 consecutive months, the region has had the highest unemployment in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Veterans are among the hardest hit.  When you look nationally, the unemployment rate for male veterans between 18 and 24 years old is 33.1%.  Compare that with 16.4% unemployment for non-veteran males of the same age group.  What kind of “welcome home” is that?  Serve your country in Iraq or Afghanistan, return home, and one in three of you will not be able to support yourself or your family.

It’s disgraceful.

Too many local governments, largely democrat-led governments, are continually making their municipalities outright hostile to business.  After years of continually raising taxes, allowing their infrastructure to crumble around them, and burying themselves in so much debt that bankruptcy becomes a serious option for consideration, residents of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region shouldn’t be too surprised that few new jobs are coming to the area.  The question is, what will you do about it?

Scranton elects a new mayor this year.  There are contested primaries for both the Democrats and the Republicans.  Who do you believe is the candidate that will put in place pro-growth policies that will actually turn Scranton around?  If you feel like sharing, let us know in the comment section below.