11/30/2005

Rebuilding New Orleans

Despite all the pain and suffering that Hurricane Katrina caused, there is hope that something good will come of the disaster. Natural disasters occur no matter what we do to prevent them, it is how we respond to them that determines the overall effects of them. Hurricane Katrina demolished houses and a city for that matter, but it also created numerous jobs. In efforts to rebuild the city, numerous immigrants, both legal and illegal have flocked to New Orleans to work. Despite the fact that some of the workers are illegal they are adding to the workforce. The work needs to be done and these are the people that are taking advantage of the situation. The work is not the most desirable of all jobs, but for those working it is of greater financial benefit than some of the other jobs that they have had to do. It is nice to see something good come of such a tragedy.

4 comments:

maddy said...

Not only has it created jobs, but according to the article the percent of hispanic workers contributing who may decide to relocate or stay will definately change the culture and life of New Orleans. This seems to have created many opportunities and those that are taking advantage of it may find themselves economically better off than those that chose to leave. There is however always a possibility of another hurricane and I for one don't think it would be at the top of my list for most desirable places to live.

pramahaphil said...

My only question is is it worth it to rebuild a city on land that is so vulnerable to catastrophic disasters? It is nice that it is creating some job opportunities, but in the long run I'm not sure that N.O. should be rebuilt.

I wonder are terrorist taking notes? Even a rebuilt N.O. sure sounds like a prime target.

Savannah said...

Rebuilding a state may have created some jobs but it has also destroyed an economy; at least for a little while. New Orleans is destroyed and it may take years for the city to start recover. Many business owners have moved out and don’t plan to return. So the increase in jobs may just be an illusion.

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 on Maddy's comment for spelling errors.

-1 on Savannah's comment for gramamtical errors.

Nate has fallen for Bastiat's broken window fallacy (Tim Lewis calls this the forgotten man problem).

Katrina hasn't "created" any jobs. Anyone who thinks something like this is simply not looking for the jobs people were doing before Katrina. They are noticing the obvious, and not paying enough attention to the unobvious.