January 1, 2015
Across America, communities are still experiencing the impact of high unemployment, underemployment and poverty rates. A recent study found that for the first time in modern history, the American middle class is no longer the most affluent in the world.
In San Diego County, unemployment in March 2014 was 6.9% (down from 7.0% in February) which translates to over 110,000 San Diegans who are out of work, impacting their futures, children, families, and the economy. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.4% for California and 6.8% for the nation during the same period. According to a Gallup study citing the most recent underemployment data from 2011-2012, underemployment defined as those who are jobless or working part-time jobs but desiring full-time work, lingers between 21%-24% in California. Nationally during 2011, underemployment reached as low as 17.8% in October, and as high as 19.9% in February.
We can address our economic challenges, but it requires the cooperation and collaboration of individuals and organizations from all sectors. Making lasting change requires more of all of us. It requires all of us to raise our voices – in big ways and small – to make sure decision makers understand the community’s challenges and act accordingly.
That’s why United Way of San Diego County is joining with over one-thousand advocates on May 14 to raise our voices for working families across the country. We know that in order for our nation to compete in the global economy we need high-quality child care that gives every child a solid foundation; income supports that help people reach their full potential; and good health that allows children to stay on track in school and adults be productive at work.
On May 14, United Way of San Diego County is focused on advocating for a few evidenced-based policies that lift families out of poverty and into financial stability.
We have the power to change our nation’s future if we work together to address the education, income and health challenges in our communities. Please join us and take action by clicking the links above. Change doesn’t happen without you!
For more information on our advocacy work please contact our Public Policy Manager, Eryn Mercer-Niehues, at email@example.com