HSU’s most recent economic index for Humboldt County tells a pretty familiar story.
Some things – like manufacturing – are still pretty sucky. Other things – like unemployment and house sales – are up a little bit, but actually still pretty sucky. Even hospitality has suffered over the last couple of months – here’s to hoping that Humboldt’s tourism industry gets a big boost from the beautiful weather we’re all expecting. Especially since tourism, and not marijuana, is the only industry that can be relied upon as a significant base industry for the immediate future.
All in all, the only industries that we can see making major gains are employment levels in healthcare and public sector jobs, and, of course, the unexpected boom in homeless housing as reported by LoCO.(Please read that LoCO story and note how the Eureka City Council just completely ignores the concerns of business owners – not that it’s surprising.)
Criminy! What’s the world coming to? Meanwhile, gas prices are going up again, which means that it’s becoming even harder for those Humboldtian’s to get the hell out of the area for a much-needed break.
The numbers tell the story here folks, read ’em and weep!
A key factor not explicitly touched on in HSU’s report, but vastly apparent to both the common observer and looking at the composite base used for lumber in manufacturing comparisons.
Wanna know what makes us all mad-facey? That not a single one of Humboldt’s Supervisors, which pretty much all ran on a platform of increasing or at the very least saving jobs, made any kind of move to counteract the recent loss of good jobs around here. How do you feel about it, gang?