Unemployment soars in California

“Washington Post: Modesto has the seventh highest unemployment rate in the US.”[Dane Carlson’s Weblog]

Modesto also has houses blowing up because they’re Meth (methamphetamine) labs. You think there’s a correlation?

Joe drug dealer standing outside his house when the census taker comes through.
Census Taker: “I’m from the census. Mind if I ask you a few questions?”
Joe drug dealer: “Uhh….sure.”
Census Taker: “What is your name?”
Joe drug dealer: “Uhhh…Joe”
Census Taker (scratching on clipboard): “Last name?”
Joe drug dealer: “Uhhh…I ain’t got one. You ain’t a cop are ya?”
Census Taker (acting proud to be a government employee): “Nope. I’m from the US Government. I’m taking a census to find out more about our citizens.”
Car pulls up. Joe hands the occupants a small object. Occupants give Joe $50. Car leaves.
Census Taker (a bit naive) “Ok, Joe. What is your occupation?”
Another car pulls up.
Joe drug dealer: “I’m a carpenter.”
Census Taker (scratching on clipboard): “I notice it’s 10:30 in the morning and you’re still home.”
Joe hands the occupants of the car a small object. Occupants give Joe $50. Car leaves.
Joe drug dealer: “I’m unemployed.”

I also noticed that others in the top 10 are Merced, Tulare, Visalia, Bakersfield, Fresno and Porterville. Welcome to California. Methamphetamine capital of the world! I guess it’s all in how you define “unemployement”.

Interesting thought, if methamphetamine keeps you awake long hours, what are all those using meth doing all night long while they’re awake?