Regarding “Jobless rate continues to drop,” June 12:
I read with interest that San Luis Obispo County’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent in April. There were employment gains in the educational and health services, trade, transportation and utilities sectors.
However, in Atascadero there were 500 residents who are looking for work, 800 in Paso Robles, 400 in Arroyo Grande and 1,200 in San Luis Obispo.
As a society, we must have full employment at good wages in order to fulfill the pursuit of happiness.
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The federal government should provide employment grants to agencies and nonprofits. Our infrastructure has to be revived incorporating the latest industry knowledge and environmentally sensitive design. Federal grants can pay for the construction of bike paths and trails and ecosystem management work, such as invasive species removal and planting native plants.
There is a huge need for additional work in energy conservation and water recycling. This will provide great skill development and economic improvement.
Having 6,000 people unemployed in our county is unacceptable.
It is a huge waste of energy and human potential. Full employment is the way out of our malaise.