The story in the Modesto Bee was headlined Brutal.
Stanislaus County unemployment reached 16% in January. Merced County had 18.9%.
The kicker: Unemployment rates don't count seasonal work, for instance, farm labor. So how many people are actually unemployed right now in the Central Valley?
The second kicker: Unemployment rates don't count those who have used up all their eligibility, those who for whatever reason don't apply, or those who are under-employed rather than unemployed.
The third kicker: It doesn't count students, including those who are students because they lost their jobs.
In sum: Lots of people getting kicked.