I found this article by PBS discussing how the lack of mobility is preventing the unemployed from finding work. Once these individuals lost their jobs, they were no longer able to afford gas, insurance or repairs. Comments about becoming ďhomebodiesĒ and cutting back on outside activities to save on gas was the norm. Many of them have no money to relocate so they are stuck in the middle of nowhere without employment. It seems like the lack of mobility and unemployment feed off one another.
First, a couple of observations. It seems like the majority of the unemployed are counting on the government to extend unemployment benefits as their salvation. While government money would help a lot of those in need, the real long term solution would be relocation to an area where driving could be restricted or eliminated so they donít have to spend a huge portion of their income on transportation. This is especially true for those who are working poor.
Second, I was surprised by all those who were in dire straights having made considerable money in their jobs. It goes to show you how long term unemployment can deplete all your savings including 401K plans.
From the article:
>>>>My husband only makes 10 dollars an hour and drives 30 miles round trip, so itís taking all we have just to keep the Jeep filled with gas. We stopped going to church and all to save gas. We are homebodies now, afraid to use what gas we have. We save two kids from getting put in foster care just to be hit like this. Itís just a constant trap they try to keep you from receiving any help! Iím so disgusted when my 12-year-old asks me why we donít have snacks anymore, or why are we eating so much rice, etc.<<<
Itís sad to be an American right now.