This is nothing the cheer about- the official State of Oregon, March unemployment rate numbers are in- 12.1%, second in the nation only to Michigan at 12.6%.
The Pacific States- Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska & Hawaii- had the highest combined jobless rate of any region at 10.8 %.
This would explain why I am seeing more notices of people holding "medical fundraisers", to help people with serious health conditions, raise money, to pay for medical care.
I saw a line in the weekly happenings paper "Admission $5, students & unemployed, free."
There has just been a wave of things that catch my eye & make me think- Wow! I've never seen that before...
• Foreclosed homes bus tour, 9am, Such & Such Real Estate Company
• “Help in Hard Times: A Forum on Local Services” @ the Senior Center
For the most part, I try to just forge ahead...don't allow myself to think about worst case scenarios.
Every now & again, I do think about all the people who have lost their homes.... foreclosed.
How so many of them never thought they would get to that place.
Rather than just lie awake at night worrying about the future, we are doing everything we can to run lean, save mortgage money ahead, but those statistics are not helping! Damn!