The United States is experiencing its worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression. Two years after the recession ended, almost 14 million Americans are still out of work, including more than 6 million who have been jobless for at least six months. Job seekers outnumber available jobs by more than four-to-one.*
Here in Orange County, job losses are just as devastating. Unemployment levels reached 9.3 percent. These grim numbers represent our families, friends and neighbors who are out of work.
Measure M2 Funds Are Making A Difference
With the foresight of Orange County voters who renewed Measure M, the half-cent sales tax for transportation, OCTA is implementing a transportation plan that will create or sustain jobs today to build transportation infrastructure projects for tomorrow. Transportation infrastructure projects are helping ease the impact of this devastating economy with jobs.
Jobs Now Initiative for America's Future
Over the next 12 months, OCTA is investing more than $271 million toward construction projects that will put thousands of Americans to work with transportation improvements.
But we can and should do more. That’s the reason why we created a jobs initiative and brought in experts and elected officials from around the country to provide insight into what’s happening with the economy and to discuss how transportation infrastructure can pave the way for jobs in Orange County and across the country.
The Orange County Jobs Now Initiative centers on putting a face to the statistics we’re seeing in the media and seeks solutions to create and sustain much-needed jobs.
OCTA and Orange County cities are committed to delivering $271 million in transportation infrastructure projects which will generate and maintain 4,800 jobs not only in construction, but also in related job sectors.
In addition, OCTA has initiated a nationwide drive to adopt the “Breaking Down Barriers” program which removes redundant bureaucratic processes in order to expedite transportation projects — which translates to more jobs now throughout the nation.
* U.S. Department of Labor and California Employment Development Department