August 2, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

No Jobs And No Assistance: How LA Residents Are Handling The Economic Pressure

Since March of last year, millions of Californians have filed unemployment claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though millions of claims were approved and thousands of jobs resurfaced since then, residents face new challenges at the start of the new year. More than a million applications are suspended due to the state’s massive issue with unemployment fraud. Not to mention, the available jobs seem to be far beyond the experience or skill level of the average resident. 

With so few jobs available and no financial assistance from unemployment, how are Los Angeles County residents handling the pandemic’s economic pressures? Here’s a closer look. 

Government And Non-Profit Agencies

While unemployment claims may be taking a long time to get approved, there are other places LA county residents can turn for help. There are government and private programs that assist individuals with everything from rent and utilities to healthcare and job placement. The goal is to help those impacted by the pandemic to sustain a living until they’re back on their feet. These programs are often free to apply for and have a long list of applicants, so applying in a timely fashion is advised. 

Higher Education

With so many job descriptions requiring applicants to have a degree, some residents have decided to go back to school. Through financial aid, scholarships, grants, employer assistance, and government programs, they can obtain an education. Whether they aspire to learn things like what is interior design and start a career in that field or simply want to complete a course or certification to enter a trade, they’re using this time out of the office to enhance their knowledge.

Side Gigs And Entrepreneurship

The job market may have improved over the past few months, but job security is at an all-time low. Many people have started looking for other income sources, which sparked an interest in side gigs and entrepreneurship. While some jobs have seemingly become obsolete, others are in high demand. 

Some residents have opted to use their vehicles to become rideshare drivers or to deliver food and packages. Other people have looked into things like freelance writing, online tutoring, and selling digital products and services to make money on the internet. Many of these opportunities require little to no investment money and have low overhead costs making them ideal for those under financial strain. 

Friends And Family

One of the best places you can turn is to those closest to you in times of need. Since the coronavirus pandemic’s financial pressures started, an increasing number of LA county residents rely on family to survive. Whether it’s asking someone for a loan to tide them over, downsizing and moving in with loved ones, or putting their resources together to accommodate everyone, the assistance they receive keeps them afloat. 

Shelters And Food Banks

Unfortunately, homelessness and hunger have reached record highs amid the pandemic. Those who cannot find gainful employment or adequate shelter often turn to places like shelters and food banks for assistance. If nothing else, they can get a bed for the night or a few grocery items to add to their pantry to help weather the storm. Fortunately, there are several locations where people can go if they need this type of assistance. Local shelters and food banks are getting donations regularly to help those who are down and out, and residents are taking advantage of these opportunities. 

Everyone knew that a global pandemic would impact everyday life, but no one was prepared for this. Millions of people in LA are unemployed and are on the brink of losing everything they have. While the hope is that unemployment claims will once again be approved and jobs will become widely available, residents aren’t sitting idly by. They’re doing what they can to gain access to assistance, develop professionally, increase their income, and get the support they need to get themselves and their families through to better days. 

in Life, News
Related Posts

Police Investigating Fatal Crash, Shooting in Venice

July 28, 2021

July 28, 2021

Details remain murky surrounding Tuesday morning incident  By Sam Catanzaro Police are investigating a fatal car crash and possible related...

Venice Community Housing Receives Honor From American Institute Of Architects: YO! Venice Show – July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Venice Community Housing Receives Honor From American Institute Of Architects *...

63-Year-Old Man Killed in Westchester Tent Fire

July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021

LAFD investigating Wednesday night incident  By Sam Catanzaro A 63-year-old man died in a tent following a fire in Westchester...

Bonin’s Encampment to Home Moves 131 Homeless Into Housing: YO! Venice Show – July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Bonin’s Encampment to Home Moves 131 Homeless Into Housing * LAFD...

Unidentified Skeletal Remains Found in Ballona Wetlands Amid Search for Missing Person

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Authorities make discovery amid search for Kolby Story this past Friday  By Sam Catanzarto Unidentified skeletal remains were found Friday...

Beach Closures Lifted After Sunday Discharge of 17 Million Gallons of Raw Sewage From Hyperion Plant

July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021

17 million gallons of raw sewage discharged from Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant Sunday Night By Sam Catanzaro Beach closures have...

Petition for Recall of Councilmember Bonin Approved for Circulation

July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021

Signature gathering phase now set to begin after Tuesday approval by City Clerk  By Sam Catanzaro The Los Angeles City...

Deadline Extended For Unhoused To Move Belongings Off Boardwalk: YO! Venice Show – July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Deadline Extended For Unhoused To Move Belongings Off Boardwalk * Pedestrian...

Hyperion Spill Discharges 17 Million Gallons of Raw Sewage Into Santa Monica Bay

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

Sunday night spillage occurs 1-mile offshore from Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant By Sam Catanzaro 17 million gallons of raw sewage...

IPO Cosmetics Launches The World’s First 4Step Facial Kit

July 10, 2021

July 10, 2021

It’s Perfect On Introduces a New, Convenient, Portable and Eco-Friendly Skincare Option By Staff Writer What if you could get...

Marina Drive-In Movie Summer Series Underway

July 9, 2021

July 9, 2021

Gather with your family and friends to watch movies by the sea in Marina del Rey. Marina Drive-In Movie Nights,...

Local Winemakers Are Suing LA County Over New Restrictions on Vineyards

July 8, 2021

July 8, 2021

Malibu Coast Vintners and Grape Growers Alliance, along with local winemaker John Gooden have filed a lawsuit against the LA...