For the Los Angeles job hunter, all seems futile at various points in the recession. There are long lines of hope outside of each career fair, day labor sign-up and interview room, but to the desperate Angelino who has been unemployed for a month (or more in most cases), the unemployment situation is taken very personally.
In California, the unemployment rate dropped 5 percentage points from 11.7% to 11.3% in November. Positive fodder for the Congressional barnyard maybe. Looking back at November 2010 when it was at 12.5%, California has come a long, thankful way while still standing tall over the national unemployment rate of 8.6%.
But Los Angeles lingers at 11.9%. The same time last year, it was at 12.9%.
So what are Angelinos to do?