Land of the Free, Happy Birthday...all seems a little wrong when you read 8.5 the new high for unemployment in Pennsylvania.
Makes me wonder what these guys are doing on the picket line here in Pennsylvania. Penelec, the Ohio company that provides electric for our homes. You would think they would be glad to have a job.
Oh right, they belong to a union. Guess that means they are still eating and paying their bills.
Here is the map showing the hard hit area's in Pennsylvania.
The top left hand cornor is where I live with my son, a project manager for defense contracts for our military.
Today he starts his vacation. When he returns to his company on July 13th, along with his team, he will be returning to clean out his office and pick up his pink slip. You can't be a project manager when there are no projects for your team. This is the second wave of lay offs for his company. This company will most likely not make it. It employed most of the area's population. Just about the only company that still makes things.
Most of the people who live here were born here. Leaving for them would be unheard of. I've mentioned before that this area never got over the crash of th 70's. Homes here are over 100 years old, no new construction, falling apart around their ears, but to them this is home.
I'm glad we never put down roots so strong that making a change would be impossible. I was already packing, waiting for a new change. This only helps us along a little faster.
We won't hang our heads or drown in our tears. We'll do the American thing, pack up our wagon and move on.