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JOB LOSS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

Job loss in our community.
Victor Alterizio
Forest Grove Middle School
Project Citizen Term Paper
Dr. Fullman
January 12, 2010

JOB LOSS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION……………………………………………………..…..2
INTERVIEW……………………………………………………………………...2 GATHERING DATA…………………………………………………………………….3 IN FLORIDA………………………………………………………………….….3 IN ST. LUCIE COUNTY………………………………………………………...3 EXISTING POLICIES….…………………………………………………………….….4

EXAMINING ALTERNATIVE POLICIES……………………………………..5
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES TO CHANGES IN POLICY…….6
PEOPLE OR GROUPS THAT SUPPORT CHANGES IN THE POLICY…7
PROPOSING A PUBLIC POLICY…………………………………………………….8 DEVELOPING AN ACTION PLAN………………..…………………………………..9 DRAWING THE PANEL DISPLAY…………………………………………………..10 DOCUMENTATION………………………………………………………….FOLDER

JOB LOSS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
I chose job loss in our community, as my topic because I feel this is an important issue at this time and day that needs to be addressed. In Port St. Lucie this is a problem but it is not the only county dealing with this problem. This problem faces the whole state of Florida and pretty much our whole great nation of America. This is a very important issue to most people in America right now.

The person’s name I interviewed was Veronica. She did not wish to share her last name with our class. Veronica has been unemployed before. She knows first hand how everything works during the unemployment period. She has given me her views and opinions on a couple of questions dealing with this problem.

I gave her my topic and asked her if she thought this was an important topic in our community. She then replied by saying that she did, so I continued by asking why she thought it was important. Veronica said, “…Because when people are unemployed it leads to other things like poverty which then leads to crimes like stealing or suicides.” When I asked if she thought other people were concerned about this problem she said “yes because it seems like they are banding together to help each other.”

Veronica felt like this problem was extremely serious. The problem she said was nation wide and needs to be fixed some how. The policy she felt was inadequate for dealing with the problem. She also felt as though the policy could be better unforced.

JOB LOSS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
This is a very big problem that affects almost everyone. Job loss in Florida is very high and unacceptable for most people. Some of the better counties include Liberty and Monroe counties. In November 2010, Liberty County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate of 8.1 percent, followed by Monroe County with 8.5 percent. Others include Alachua County with 8.6 percent; Leon, Okaloosa, and Wakulla counties each with 8.7 percent; and Walton County with 8.9 percent. Most of the counties with the lowest unemployment rates were those with relatively high proportions of government employment. The reality is there counties like Hendry County with 17.9 percent of people out of a job. Hendry County has the highest unemployment rate in Florida as of November 2010,followed by Flagler County with 16.6 percent, Hernando and St. Lucie counties with 15.2 percent each, and Marion County with 14.6 percent. Hendry County’s unemployment rate remains the highest in the state. Other counties with the highest unemployment rates were experiencing continued weakness in construction. There are 55 Florida counties with double-digit unemployment rates in November, up from 48 the previous month. After a brief dip in June, St. Lucie County’s rate surged up almost a full percentage point in July to 15.2 percent. This makes St. Lucie County the third highest among Florida’s 67 counties. That figure represents 18,769 people who are currently unemployed and actively seeking work. This is not good for anyone in our community. This problem needs to be fixed so people don’t end up out on the...
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