Large economic loss is coming to Merced County. How do I know this? I am the sole provider for my family of six, and I work for Riggs Ambulance Service in the business office. My job will be lost if AMR is given the bid in Merced. I am only one of a number of people that will lose our local jobs. I would like to point out a few things: Merced County poverty level is the highest in the state -- 23 percent.
Merced County unemployment was close to 20 percent Due to seasonal work, unemployment has fallen, but will rise again.
All of the Riggs employees who loose their jobs will become a drain on the county resources for a short time.