Line Up – Single File!

After a sumptuous Canadian Thanksgiving with my family, I am now home, safe and sound. The train ride up and back was awesome and I will certainly do it again, especially when I don’t have a big bunch of things to haul up for the family. This time I took too many bags full of treats and ended up worn down with the weight. (I’ve learned my lesson.)

We had such a bountiful feast before, during and after the holiday that we might not eat again for a week. I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful life and I am constantly full of gratitude for my blessings.

And lest we forget . . . not everyone is joyful these days.BreadLine2

Is this in our future?

Washington State’s Unemployment Rate Rose In September! Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to an estimated 9.3 percent in September, up from a revised rate of 9 percent in August, according to the state Employment Security Department.

The state lost an estimated 16,000 non-agricultural jobs in September, after an estimated loss of nearly 12,000 jobs in August. Industries that lost the most jobs last month were government, which cut 7,100 jobs, mostly in K-12; manufacturing was down 2,700; and construction which lost 2,300 jobs. Industries that added jobs in September include retail trade with 300 new jobs; transportation, warehousing and utilities, up 100; and information, up 100.
Comparing year over year, Washington had 131,200 fewer jobs last month than in September 2008, a 4.4 percent decrease. Nationally, employment declined by 4.2 percent over the past year. An estimated 312,692 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in September. Is there a pattern developing? Or perhaps a re-run of times past?

Let’s roll back the clock to the 1930’s. The Great Depression did not affect everyone the same way. Many rich people felt no impact at all and were oblivious to the suffering of others. Up to forty percent of the country never faced real hardship during those years but most were touched by it in some way. By the time of Franklin Roosevelt’s inauguration in 1933 the unemployment rate hovered close to twenty-five percent. Fluctuating during the 1930s, it never fell below 14.3% until 1941.


Is this 1930 or 2009?

This put a great deal of stress on families. Some reacted by pulling together, making due with what they had and turning to family and friends for help. Only after exhausting all alternatives would they reluctantly look to the government for help. Other families did not fare as well and ended up falling apart.

Could this be your plight?BreadLine4



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