By Gary Nelson | Mesa Tribune
Sometimes, it’s not good to be No. 1.
Case in point: The annual rankings of America’s “neediest” cities, published by WalletHub.com, a personal finance website.
On the other hand, being close to No. 1 is pretty good when the rankings involve the availability of jobs.
And in both surveys, the East Valley is doing well in comparison with many areas in the United States. But according to the area’s leading social services agency, those numbers don’t speak to the widespread economic desperation that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.