This one can’t just be answered by, “Blame Bush.”
Yuma, AZ seems to always have an unemployment rate WAY above the national average. Why is that?
I realize that Yuma is a border city with a large number of both legal and illegal immigrants.
I realize that there is agricultural work in the area which is seasonal.
I also realize that the city receives a decent number of winter tourists which could account for seasonal variation in employment at hotels and restaurants.
Still, I have to think there is something not accounted for here. Yuma is close enough to San Diego, Phoenix, and Tucson which all have a “normal” level of unemployment. US unemployment rates for June, 2004. If my city reached a 25% unemployment rate, I’d move in a heartbeat. Is there an “underground” economy of workers crossing the border, working in Mexico, and still being counted “unemployed?”
I’ve driven through the city and it didn’t seem like a place right out of the Great Depression.