Today, California’s outgoing junior Senator Barbara Boxer shows just exactly why she has tried her hand at writing fiction. She lives in a land of her own imagination. The 28-year Washington veteran is touring the Bay Area, talking about job creation. Only problem is that there haven’t been many jobs created in California since her party gained control of all the levers of power in our nation’s capital last January.
In June, the last month for which statistics are available, California “continued to have the most metro areas with the highest unemployment, taking 10 of the top 12 slots of jobless rates over 15%“:
El Centro in Imperial County had an unemployment rate of 27.6% in June, the highest among the nation’s 372 metro areas. Yuma, Ariz., was second at 26.4%.
Other California communities on the worst rates list included Yuba City in northern California with 19.4% unemployment and Merced in the San Joaquin Valley at 18.1%.
Orange County’s 9.5% June unemployment was in the middle of the pack among the 32 largest metropolitan divisions. A year ago, local unemployment was at 9.4%.
The Washington, D.C. area with its government-related employment base, had the lowest jobless rate among big metros.The Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick metro division was lowest at 5.8%.
Guess spending so much time in the nation’s capitol has caused the Bay Area Democrat to forger the state she represents. More than 2 million Californians are out of work, with an unemployment rate among the highest in the nation — at 12.3%. By contrast, when Mrs. Boxer was first elected to the Senate (in the midst of a recession), unemployment in the state stood at 9.8%.
. . . the state added 28,300 jobs to payrolls in May, economists say the types of jobs added indicate that the state’s economy still faces big problems ahead. . . . many of those who do have jobs are part-time, or underemployed, workers, who can’t find full-time work because of the economy.
If Mrs. Boxer wants to run on jobs, then, fine, let’s look at her record. She’s supported all the big-ticket items on the Democats’ legislative agenda, including the “stimulus” which was supposed to create 400,000 jobs in the Golden State. Problem is more people are now out of work than when she voted for that eight hundred billion-dollar boondoggle.