Calif., Ariz. Border Towns Have Nation’s Highest Unemployment: Over 28%

Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News, November 29, 2012

The metropolitan areas of Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., have the two highest unemployment rates in the country, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In the El Centro metropolitan area, the unemployment rate for October was 28.1 percent, said BLS. In the Yuma metropolitan area, it was 29.8 percent.

The national unemployment rate in October was 7.9 percent. {snip}

The most conspicuous factor the El Centro and Yuma metropolitan areas have in common is geography. El Centro is in Imperial County, Calif., and Yuma is in Yuma County, Ariz. Imperial and Yuma counties are contiguous to one another and to the Mexican border.


After Yuma and El Centro, the Merced, Calif., metropolitan area had the third highest unemployment rate in October. Unemployment was 14.7 percent there.


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  • pcmustgo

    Sittin’ around collectin’ unemployment… LOL, THAT’S THE *OFFICIAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE… The official one. As in collecting checks. Unofficially, it’s probably 50%. Just like for inner city black men.

    • You don’t have to still be collecting unemployment checks to count as unemployed. You just have to be looking for work.

  • pcmustgo

    They probably do work a little bit here and there off the books

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    These are all agricultural areas. I thought we needed the third-world to pick onions and berries?

  • Jefferson

    If Hispanics are the engines of economic growth, why isn’t every Latin American country a fully developed prosperous first world nation.

    • DudeWheresMyCountry?

      Or how about just one nation? I wonder why… oh, I know why.

    • Liberalsuck

      I find that funny when Mexican and Puerto Ricans glee about the fact they are ‘growing in numbers’ but it never dawned on them that if the countries where they already are a majority is in chaos.

  • NYB

    Climate has a lot to do with it.

    I’ve lived my entire life in areas where temperatures can drop well below freezing in the winter. The first time I went South, I immediately noticed how easily people could get by without warm clothes, home heating, or insulated dwellings.

    The easier life is, the less people are inclined to burden themselves with the drudgery of constant work. I have no axe to grind against the Rastafarian who lives on a tropical beach or the Mexican who puts in less than a 40 hour week. That’s the natural lifestyle of people who live nearer to the equator.

    Whites, however, are different. Our inherited values compell us to labor at something, even when we reside in hot climates.

    As the song points out, “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun”.

    If “unemployment” seems high in the southern states, it’s probably far worse below them.

  • We need a new unemployment/underemployment metric.

    In the mass survey that is done to determine U3 and U6, we should ask people this question:

    Do you have an employment situation that pays you well enough both in terms of salary, wages, and also benefits, such that you can afford to maintain a spouse and at least two dependent children, and also either purchase a house or rent a requisite sized apartment in an area that is part of a quality public school district?

    As it is now, you can be counted as “employed” if you’re working one hour per week at minimum wage at an “above board” job.

  • Smedley Butler

    Mexicans have among the lowest intelligence scores in the world.

    What they are lacking most to their detriment is truth.

    If Mexicans identified themselves as Indians and spoke Nahuatl as their national language, they would be better off for it.

    • Skippy

      “Mexicans are an illiterate rabble of Indians.” –Che Guevara. I wonder how many La Raza types running around in their Che T-shirts know what he really thought of them?

      • Liberalsuck

        I also heard that Che Guevara didn’t like blacks either. Funny, I thought the communists “weren’t racists” as they claim the conservatives are.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      4’10” Nahuatal and Oaxacan- speaking Mexican indians are the latest “immigrants” pouring into California. It’s creating huge problems in the courts, hospitals and schools because of translation problems and “cultural” differences (like child rape, which they call bride stealing and marriage).

      These high-fertiity, backwards immigrants are the dregs of Mexico — even the “regular” Mexicans hate them.


      • Smedley Butler

        So what? Southwest Indians also deal with problems of their own.

        • Liberalsuck

          I’m tired of hearing which other groups dislikes the groups we do. Each group is on their own, they each don’t like each other (including us) and they will screw over others (including us) to benefit their own. What isn’t clear about that?

          • Smedley Butler

            Non-whites have flooded into America too fast and too soon to be of any value.
            Neither white or non-white will learn to make the right decisions until a line of demarcation is drawn.

    • The__Bobster

      No, they don’t. Their average IQ is 89, far above the sub-70 IQ’s of Congoids and Abos.

      • Smedley Butler

        Than any connection between your reality and Amrens in purely coincidental.

  • APaige

    So Mexicans are coming here NOT to do the work that other Americans do not want to NOT do?
    Liberals always say we need immigration because others will not do the work….yet we need welfare programs because some cannot find work? Problem solved-stop immigration…put people on welfare in those ‘jobs’.

    • mobilebay

      APaige, your idea is much too rational. It will never fly in Washington.

  • libertarian1234

    California is in big trouble in every way economically.
    Gov. Brown came out a couple of days ago, I think it was, nearly exhuberant because they raised enough money to keep going a while longer.
    Tax and spend isn’t doing too well for them.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      He was also exuberant because he now has a super majority in the legislature that can pass tax increases at will — not enough pesky, “obstructionist” Republicans

  • Defiant White

    Yeah, how about that. Guess what, same thing is happening in Europe. They opened the floodgates on brown and black Africans to cure France’s “lack of workers problem.” Now their problem is too many unemployed non-whites . . . who keep themselves busy robbing, raping, looting, and burning . . . when they’re not embroiled in some tribal warfare on Paris streets. I don’t know whether our problem is too many traitors in government . . . or too many stupid, gullible “intellectuals” and their theories . . . or both.

    • NYB

      The game is about ‘growth’. The global financial elite will not allow white industrialized countries to lower immigration, because, as soon as debt was factored in, it would reverse economic growth indicators.

      Global growth depends on expanding consumption in Western countries. Literally it depends on ‘more mouths to feed’ and more people consuming.

      A global financial debt collapse is certain if mass immigration into white countries is suspended.

  • ageofknowledge

    This isn’t rocket science. Those are the easiest places for illegals from Latin America to reach and they have the best political and economic support for illegals. The fact that it’s NOT their country (though you would never know it driving through there with all the Mexican flags hanging) is besides the point in their view.

  • Isidor Weiss

    I thought these guys were “doing jobs American won’t do”?

    So, does this mean there aren’t any more jobs we won’t do, or are these jobs now ones mexicans won’t do?

  • archer

    just another lie we have to live with, how about these also,”free trade”, “cheap labor”, “free lunch”, and the one I like the best “the rich create jobs”. If that were the case, where as the rich have been getting richer at an ever increasing rate, we should have “0” unemployment”.
    The BS never ends.