The unemployment rate in Memphis is a huge compilation of problems all wrapped into one according to Representative John DeBerry and Black Business Association President Roby Williams. "We struggle with many things. We have unskilled people, we have too many people who have grown up unskilled. " said Roby. "I think when you look at it you have to look at the society as a whole, because there are social issues, when you talk about the breakdown of the family, when you start looking at the number of young folks who don't graduate from high school, when we start talking about teen age pregnancy, when you start talking about the problems of juvenile court in our penal system, and our failure to rehabilitate folks who have committed crimes, all of these drive the numbers." said representative John Deberry. Some say there may be too much talk. "Well anybody can talk, and there is too much talk and too little action said Deberry. According to some for the city of Memphis to attract more jobs and new industry, Memphians are going to have to decide whether or not they are the city's best friend or worst enemy. "We are a city of good abode, I feel too often we become our worst enemy and as far as P.R. is concerned we talk about the negatives but then we have great schools great teachers and great companies and industry. Black Business Association President Roby Williams says he believes in order for the unemployment rate to turn around, you have to start with the youngsters. "And if we start in the Pre-K and get our young people to develop the discipline, and the work ethic, we will do well. I think we can accomplish that in one generation, but we have to start now and the heavy lifting is going to have to be done by the children.
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