Citizen Staff Writer
Someone once defined the difference between recession and depression thusly: A recession is when someone else gets laid off. A depression is when you get laid off.
That’s clever. But fewer Tucsonans are laughing, as the recession tightens its grip on the city and sends unemployment higher.
Tucson’s unemployment rate climbed slightly to 5.9 percent in November, which – from a glass-half-full perspective – still is lower than the national and state rates of 6.7 percent.
But those who see their glasses half-empty will note that the city’s unemployment rate, which stood at 4.1 percent in November 2007, has risen more than 40 percent in a year.
We wish we could offer something of value to the some 300 Tucsonans whose jobs disappeared last month and were unable to find work. About the best we can do is this Web link: https://egov.az des.gov/CMSInternet/main.aspx?menu=232&id=2736.
The link enables people to apply for unemployment benefits online.