Tuesday, September 27, 2011

1 in 5 Charlottesville Families Can't Pay Their Bills: The Chamber of Commerce Notes the Best Way Out of Poverty is Through Jobs

The  "Greater Charlottesville Area Development Corporation"--the "charitable" arm of the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce--has conducted a study showing:
  • 1 in 5 families can't pay their bills
  • 1in 3 families can't afford the costs, such as child care and transportation, to keep a job
Then the Corporation came up with some Solutions:
  • "To address the issue, the community needs to support local companies that would locate within the city near the needy populations and provide jobs from manufacturing to construction to services"
  • "Provide jobs that do not require college education but provide a living wage"
  • "A Local Job Hub" to match workers with jobs.
All of this sounds fantastic.  Until you realize that this is exactly what's happening in the entire United States--and businesses, as well as municipalities, just don't have extra $$$ to make these type of socialized programs happen.

The Charlottesville area economic environment remains weak: 
  • Private sector employment has vanished--and is not coming back any time soon.
  • Local and State unemployment is rising. 
  • While there are several major employers in this area: UVA, UVA Health System, Martha Jefferson Hospital, NGIC/DIA, State Farm Insurance, all of these institutions have recently, or will be, cutting back (or cutting even further).
As mentioned in a recent post about the growing gang problem in Charlottesville and Albemarle, poverty in this area is entrenched and generational.

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