As Christmas approaches, we hope everyone gets a visit from Santa, or is happy & healthy and financially secure. Truth is, there are ever so many that area not having a happy Christmas. They may be unemployed, homeless, ill, injured or in a jail or prison. In any case, it always pays to share some love to all. That is the greatest gift of the Christmas Season.
There are agencies you should all know about, calling 211 will help you find them to help those in need. I learned about Sound Outreach, who helps provide many services also.
For a look into the State of Washington, here is a county by county assessment of unemployment. King County may be healthy, but so many other areas are really still distressed. This is a three year average unemployment.
|Three Year Average||Distressed Area:|
|Unemployment Rate||Unemployment Rate Greater|
|(Jan 2013 – Dec 2015)||Than or Equal to 7.5%|
|(Not Seasonally Adjusted)|
|Grays Harbor County||10.4||Yes|
|Pend Oreille County||10.5||Yes|
|San Juan County||5.3|
|Walla Walla County||6.4|
|1 Prepared in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.|