The Murrieta Job Fair: 15.3% unemployed, our city rolls up sleeves to help out

I just experienced my first job fair today at the Murrieta Community Center. The above blurred, black and white picture captured the mood I think with the crowd there today. Everything from the power company, casino, to retail and medical were represented. Being more of a creative professional, most of these were not my field of interest, however I did connect with at least two prospects for free-lance work.

Our Murrieta Mayor Pro Tem Randon Lane gave a brief introduction and mentioned the terrible statistic of the 15.3% rate of joblessness in the Inland Empire region. As most of you know, this does not count underemployed and unreported figures. So, things are pretty bad in our area.

I had the privilege of briefly speaking with the Mayor where he told me that Murrieta is trying to do more things like this where employers are brought to the people. I applaud that action. Last year he said that over 900 people were lined up outside the building. Clearly, this session had less people but still a good crowd of interested parties and is filling a need.

Our congresswoman, Mary Bono Mack, had some of her representatives there as well to hear the stories of what life is like for folks. I met with them as well. The congresswoman could not make it for travel or weather reasons, but I would loved to have seen her in person.

Here is a question: How has the jobless rate affected your life? Are you a statistic, or is there a story in there for us to hear about?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

15 comments

  1. I’m not officially a statistic, I’m one of the ones that has been affected, but not completely unemployed. I’ll probably be attending my own Job fair soon!
    Glad to hear you might have picked up some free lance work.

  2. I’m not officially a statistic, I’m one of the ones that has been affected, but not completely unemployed. I’ll probably be attending my own Job fair soon!
    Glad to hear you might have picked up some free lance work.

  3. I’m not officially a statistic, I’m one of the ones that has been affected, but not completely unemployed. I’ll probably be attending my own Job fair soon!
    Glad to hear you might have picked up some free lance work.

  4. I’m not officially a statistic, I’m one of the ones that has been affected, but not completely unemployed. I’ll probably be attending my own Job fair soon!
    Glad to hear you might have picked up some free lance work.

  5. I’m not officially a statistic, I’m one of the ones that has been affected, but not completely unemployed. I’ll probably be attending my own Job fair soon!
    Glad to hear you might have picked up some free lance work.

  6. David, it is true that many are just underemployed. One interesting thing is that ministry people do not get unemployment benefits or disability. I am curious to how many ministry people are impacted with this unique position.

  7. David, it is true that many are just underemployed. One interesting thing is that ministry people do not get unemployment benefits or disability. I am curious to how many ministry people are impacted with this unique position.

  8. David, it is true that many are just underemployed. One interesting thing is that ministry people do not get unemployment benefits or disability. I am curious to how many ministry people are impacted with this unique position.

  9. David, it is true that many are just underemployed. One interesting thing is that ministry people do not get unemployment benefits or disability. I am curious to how many ministry people are impacted with this unique position.

  10. David, it is true that many are just underemployed. One interesting thing is that ministry people do not get unemployment benefits or disability. I am curious to how many ministry people are impacted with this unique position.

  11. me..didn’t know that church employment wasn’t required to pay into unemployment or disability……was let go and then became disabled a few weeks later and am still trying to figure out a way to contribute to my family finances with my physical challenges and this economy. one thing i do know…..God knows my situation and will take care of me and mine.

  12. me..didn’t know that church employment wasn’t required to pay into unemployment or disability……was let go and then became disabled a few weeks later and am still trying to figure out a way to contribute to my family finances with my physical challenges and this economy. one thing i do know…..God knows my situation and will take care of me and mine.

  13. me..didn’t know that church employment wasn’t required to pay into unemployment or disability……was let go and then became disabled a few weeks later and am still trying to figure out a way to contribute to my family finances with my physical challenges and this economy. one thing i do know…..God knows my situation and will take care of me and mine.

  14. me..didn’t know that church employment wasn’t required to pay into unemployment or disability……was let go and then became disabled a few weeks later and am still trying to figure out a way to contribute to my family finances with my physical challenges and this economy. one thing i do know…..God knows my situation and will take care of me and mine.

  15. me..didn’t know that church employment wasn’t required to pay into unemployment or disability……was let go and then became disabled a few weeks later and am still trying to figure out a way to contribute to my family finances with my physical challenges and this economy. one thing i do know…..God knows my situation and will take care of me and mine.

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