The State Journal ran an article suggesting that Dane County’s economy is rebounding. They list a bunch of facts, the following of which was the most impressive:
• Unemployment hit a peak of 6.3 percent in June; by December it was down to 5.4 percent.
But 2009 as a whole was particularly tough.
Social service programs, including local food pantries, say there’s been a big jump in the number of people who need help.
“Every day that we’re open, we have new people that are just laid off,” said Jenny Czerkas, director of The River Food Pantry, 2201 Darwin Road.
The pantry had 21,680 household visits in 2009, up from 13,380 the year before. Each family can get food once a week. “A two-hour wait (to get inside) is not uncommon,” Czerkas said.