Unemployment rates in the Northern San Joaquin Valley are pushing 20 percent; nationally, they're about half that, but still the highest in a generation. President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address Wednesday night, asked Congress for incentives to create more jobs:
In the Senate: pass a second jobs bill as its first order of business this year.
Use $30 billion repaid by Wall Street banks to help community banks lend money to small businesses so they can stay afloat.
A new tax credit for small business that hire workers or raise the wages of current employees.
Eliminate all capital gains taxes on small-business investment and provide tax incentives for all businesses to invest in new plants and equipment.
Slash tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas and extend them to companies that create jobs in the United States.
Double exports over the next five years, which he says will support 2 million jobs at home. Help farmers and small businesses increase their exports by reforming export rules.