Sioux Falls is recession proof? My Ass!

When are our local and state lawmakers gonna wakeup? Even our half-ass media is reporting this stuff;

The majority of people who walk into the office of the Minnehaha County Health and Human Services need help paying rent because many have recently lost their jobs.

And good thing for our public school system or some kids would not have a warm place to go during the day;

Addressing chronic homelessness should be a priority when tackling the overall homeless problem, Sioux Falls City Council member Vernon Brown said. Establishing services to help the chronically homeless would free up other agencies to help those families with children who need temporary assistance, he said.

I’ll commend you Vernon for your work on this, but don’t you think it is time to build a fire under the Mayor’s and other councilor’s asses to get this moving a little faster? What’s the holdup? The homeless are not just going to disappear if you keep farting around. You should bring this up every single council and info meeting, you should also tell anyone in the media who will listen. I have found the only way to get things done is to keep the pressure on this isn’t about snowgates or indoor pools, this is serious shit.

Funny thing, city hall is mysteriously quiet about this report. No worries, the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce chimed in, and if anyone would know about giving good advice about business and the economy, it would be them (as long as you are buying a membership and support higher taxes on food).

Dave Fleck, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce board chairman and president of Sioux Falls Construction, noted that Sioux Falls’ unemployment is still well below the national average.

But just keep going out to eat, and everything will be just fine in Sioux Falls.


#1 Warren Phear on 03.12.09 at 7:28 am

These numbers are very misleading. I think, and I may be wrong, but after a certain amount of time unemployed people who just flat give up looking for work fall off from the unemployed rolls.

Also, in the trades, like electricians, plumbers, carpenters, sheetrockers, painters, who have normally enjoyed 40 plus hours a week, are now working on average about 30 hours a week. Those are the lucky ones.

#2 l3wis on 03.12.09 at 7:52 am

Yes, they figure that ‘Underemployed’ people are about double the ‘Unemployed’ percentages. Which would make the national average at about 16%.

#3 Ghost of Dude on 03.12.09 at 10:56 am

You could probably add most of the $12/hr. phone monkeys to the underemployed list. It doesn’t take a two or four year degree to be a CSR for Citi, yet plenty of people with those degrees are in those jobs.
At least they have health insurance.

#4 l3wis on 03.12.09 at 11:19 am

South Dakotans have historically been underemployed, even during good economic times. Thats why they say we are ‘recession proof’ most people round here are used to being poor and underemployed, that’s why it doesn’t seem any different.

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