Since 2005 the unemployment rate in Northampton County, Virginia has ranged from 1.7% in October 2000 to 14.1% in January 1992. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the current unemployment rate for Northampton County is 7.2%. Data retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is displayed in the map below. Move the mouse along the graph to see the data:
Anthony (Tony) Sacco says
the unemployment in Northampton is more like 100%
all pay jobs here are poverty wages, with no benefits, very low wages, some work two and three jobs just to stay alive, its a disgrace our leaders keep their heads in the sand when it comes to helping the people that need high paying jobs with benefits.
The stranglehold by our officials that prevent growth needs to be stopped now not later, our country is enjoying the best economic growth ever, and still, Northampton is the poorest county in Virginia and one of ten poorest in the nation, this is not just a disgrace but criminal to those that prevent our citizens not enjoy a better standard of living. It is so easy to accomplish it, simply allow to build condos along the water edge and on Langford highway and it will attract business to come here with tax dollars that will improve our infrastructure, better teachers pay, increase our police force, build a world college to attract the best students from around the world. It takes guts to accomplish this, our current leadership does not have it, very sad.
Anthony (Tony) Sacco says
my comments are focused on the private sector jobs, not government employment.
Paul Plante says
Our country is enjoying the illusion of “the best economic growth ever,” Anthony (Tony) Sacco, an illusion which is not only not true, but is also not sustainable.
But that reality notwithstanding, Anthony (Tony) Sacco, as a student of government, and they are all different, I find, I find myself quite interested in the governmental system you seem to have in place down there in Northampton County, which is not just a disgrace but criminal to those that prevent your citizens from enjoying a better standard of living.
Where do they get such power from?
Are they elected?
And I am interested as well in your vision for the future down there, which you say would be so easy to accomplish by simply allowing condos to be built along the water edge and on Langford highway, which would attract business to come there with tax dollars that would improve your infrastructure, better teachers pay, increase your police force, and build a world college to attract the best students from around the world, which takes guts to accomplish.
What I am most interested in is the college.
Certainly, it could be done, especially with some big endowments from people like the Rockefellers in the case of the University of Chicago.
According to the University of Chicago website, on July 9, 1890, the University’s founders defined what they believed would build an enduring legacy: a commitment to rigorous academics for people of all backgrounds, including “opportunities for all departments of higher education to persons of both sexes on equal terms.”
To compete, Anthony (Tony) Sacco, would your college in Northampton County have a similar mission statement, or would it be something more modern, given how long ago 1890 was?
Getting back to the necessary endowment angle, unless the taxpayers pick up the tab, in the case of the University of Chicago, an initial pledge of $600,000 (more than $25 million in today’s currency) from John D. Rockefeller, along with contributions from the American Baptist Education Society and land from Marshall Field, helped to found the University of Chicago.
William Rainey Harper, the University’s first president, envisioned a university that was “‘bran splinter new,’ yet as solid as the ancient hills”—a modern research university that would combine an English-style undergraduate college and a German-style graduate research institute.
The University’s first buildings were modeled after the English Gothic architectural style used at Oxford, complete with towers, spires, cloisters, and grotesques.
The campus landscape was shaped by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s designs for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which was just a short walk from where the University held its first classes.
Harper recruited the highest quality faculty possible, including several college presidents, who were drawn to the University of Chicago by the idea of a community of great scholars.
In his address marking the University’s 1902 decennial, Harper reminded his audience of the University’s most important tradition: “Complete freedom of speech on all subjects,” he declared, “has from the beginning been regarded as fundamental in the University of Chicago.”
“This principle can neither now nor at any future time be called in question.”
There, Anthony (Tony) Sacco, is something that you can use for your planning model.
Afterall, with its high murder rate, why should Chicago have a world college, when it would be a lot safer in Northampton County?