A few years back the economy improved. There were more jobs available and people could actually support themselves. The single parent, caring for a new-born could afford to feed their child, the former RTA bus driver whose been unemployed for the last eight months gets a cashier job at a fast food joint and the college graduate ends up at a summer camp, working as a dishwasher. Surely these people exist in Cleveland, OH but where are they? They’re certainly not the in northeast region.
Static’s show some increase in jobs over the last couple of years. According to Emily Garr Pacetti, the author of Jobs in Northeast Ohio–Whose getting them and Why it Matters, say’s that we have gained back at least “thirty-five percent of the two hundred and twenty thousand jobs lost from 2000. Northeast Ohio has steadily increased in jobs over the last four years” (2). High-end job’s such as insurance companies and engineering have returned to the city. However, the region still has another one hundred and forty thousand jobs to go before we can actually be satisfied with our economic status.
Citizens with low-income backgrounds and who are poor suffer the most from the loss of jobs. Many of those people are either unqualified for the job or are unable to afford any transportation of their own. The only position’s available for these residents is a cashier job at Family Dollar. The worst part of it all is that they’d have to travel at least fifty miles just to get to work. In Woodland city, for example, over “sixty percent of its residents are poor and have witnessed a twenty-six percent decline in jobs” (Pacetti 4). With majority of its residents stemming from low-income backgrounds, no economic growth can take place. Only poverty, crime and segregation can exist.
Recent College graduates also suffer from the economic decline. People with degree’s account for only twenty-five percent of northeast Ohio. You’d think they’d have no trouble finding work, given their educational background. However, this is not true. More than half of the percentage of college kids can’t find work, not just any job but within their major. Jobs like engineering and construction or landscape have become figments of the past. It’ll be at least another ten years before those jobs return. A couple of people I knew back from my senior year in college have been unsuccessful in finding a job within their career field, Fine Arts. Cleveland is certainly an industrial city but a little variety in jobs available could promote growth. It would open the door for opportunity and show real improvement in our economy. There would be something available for everyone, not just two or three kinds of workers.
Northeast Ohio has taken a huge hit in the economic decline. I guess time will only tell, when and if, more jobs will come back. At the rate we’re going now, the future seems meek. Who knows where we’ll be in 2016, 2025 or even 2040. Will a second Great Depression occur or will there be an economic boom? Whoever wins the next Presidential election, they better have a good ass plan for how they’ll dig us out of this economic wormhole.
Pacetti, G. Emily, http://www.cleveland.com. 2015. May 3. Web. 2015. July 3.