The United States economy experienced an unexpected slowdown of hiring in the month of April. The job gains were the fewest since September of last year and unemployment rate remained unchanged from the prior month of 5% as many job seekers left the work force. There are many different factors that contribute to the strengths and weaknesses of an economy but there is no denying that certain regions have long been suffering. In busy cities there are neighborhoods greatly underserved and some small town residents must travel far for employment. It’s time for new construction and job investments where we need it most, where poverty and employment rates are the highest.


            Cruising through small towns and cities alike, while populations and demographics vary greatly, the basic needs of its people remain unfulfilled. Food, energy, housing, education, and entertainment are needed. Blacks and Latinos suffer from higher unemployment rates and lack of investment in their neighborhoods. The same can be said about rural small towns. While towns may compete for who lands that next factory with 500 hundred jobs lets first make sure their residents actually have something to eat. Gas stations and corner stores are not an appropriate place for grocery store shopping to ensure a well rounded diet. Something simple like combating food deserts by opening grocery stores where they are most needed will create thousands of much needed jobs. The low cost of oil and decline of demand for coal has devastated some communities in Louisiana and Kentucky but they can see what other states are doing. California is one of the leaders in solar energy and Texas in wind. One solution to end homelessness that is spreading across the country is building tiny homes. According to a 2013 United States Department of Housing and Urban Development report there are an estimated 610,000 people who sleep without shelter every night. It is morally the right thing to do and would create many jobs. Schools should not be run on a limited budget and should instead prepare the future leaders of this country with the best resources available. Arts and culture help make a community special.


            In busy, bustling downtowns and middle to upper class neighborhoods resources are fairly easy to find. The same is not so true everywhere and that needs to change. Everyone deserves the opportunity to step outside of their home and have a good quality of life accessible. The unemployment rate may be 5% nationally but many communities are still in a recession. When the hardest hit, long suffering economically depressed regions of this country finally show investment and growth, then we can have a true recovery.

Angel Guzman    



Published by Angel Guzman