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>> mitchell: tonight, no longer safe. governments at all levels cut jobs by the thousands. elaine quijana talks about some of those in the line of fire. >> i don't know where my next pay check is going to come from. >> mitchell: america mourns the death of betty ford. scott pelley remembers the life of a first lady who shattered boundaries with her character and honesty. derek jeter gets his 3,000th hit, and then some. tony guida has the post-game wrap up. polo, anyone? in california, ben tracy is there as prince william and his wife raise money for british charities. captioning sponsored by cbs
this is the "cbs evening news" >> mitchell: good evening. we begin tonight with news about how a once stable section of the american workforces now taking a big hit. as we told you yesterday, the unemployment rate for june rose to 9.2%. that's the highest this year. there is also news that among the ranks of government employees of all levels 39,000 jobs were lost in june. elaine quijano on the status of public workers and what that could mean for everyone. >> reporter: when emergency calls come in, it's hard for matthew bennett to sit still. >> i've got got to sit on the sidelines, like the basketball player who has a bad knee. wants to play but can't play. >> reporter: for nearly five years, he worked as a firefighter in camden, new jersey. in january he was one of 60 to be laid-off. one-third of the department. >> i don't know what i'm going to do. i'm 36, i've got a high school education, i thought i had a career and now i don't. >> reporter: public sector jobs
like his were along considered one of the most secure in hard times but that's changing. since september of 2008, 464,000 local government jobs have been eliminated. nearly 100,000 of those cuts have happened this year alone. larry burns is more. you thought a government job would be safe. >> absolutely, absolutely. >> reporter: four years ago, burns took a job as a new york city employee, helping to maintain the grounds at a hospital. >> i thought this was a sekrur job. i would have a -- secure job. i would have a future here. help us and we'll help you. >> reporter: four years ago he was called into human resources. >> they said, "here is your check, don't come in tomorrow, we'll pay you for the day, that's the end of your career." >> reporter: he's overcome with worry about how he will pay for the medical care his family needs and the job prospects at age 55. >> try to do the best i can, take it one day at a time. i don't know.
i have no idea. next move is to call unemployment. see if i can get some help and i'll take it from there. >> reporter: labor experts say there is no real relief in sight as government stimulus money runs out and states try to close budget gaps, cuts in the public sector will continue. russ. >> mitchell: thank you very much. it is day two for the shuttle atlantis on its mission to the international space station, and as the shuttle program comes to a close, thousands of nasa employees get closer to losing their jobs. mark strasman has more from the johnson space center in houston. >> we are there with you now. you guys look great. >> reporter: on board atlantis, they're the final four -- the last four shuttle astronauts, a bittersweet mission and milestone for nasa employees like joe. he has developed nasa space suits for almost 50 years. >> it's not a one-person activity. this is representative of teamwork.
>> reporter: now the team is breaking up. from texas to florida, more than 9,000 shuttle jobs are going away. clear lake, texas, home of the johnson space center has already taken a hit. new jobs are scarce. >> frustrating. >> reporter: glenn jenkinseson lost his shuttle job. part of nasa's brain drain, a 55-year-old mechanical engineer prowling this aerospace jobs expo. >> most companies are not interested in hiring somebody at my age. >> we're out of the business. >> reporter: gene cernan was the last man to walk on the moon, in 1972. he and two other legendary apollo astronauts, neil armstrong and names lovell says the space program is falling in disarray with no clear-cut mission. >> there is no objective, there is no tooichl table, there is no goal and there is no mission -- there is no time table and there is no mission. >> reporter: this former
astronaut quit nasa to help a california company design the shuttle's is successor. >> promises of science fiction of like the 1950's and 1960's of taking vacations on mars, we can get there if this works out. that's what's so exciting about it. >> reporter: most employees will have a much harder time finding new work. this year at the johnson space center alone, russ, 1,100 shuttle jobs will disappear. >> mitchell: mark strassman in houston, thank you. for more insight into the employment picture including public sector jobs we are joined by john challenge, c.e.o. of the placement firm challenge, gray and christmas. >> good evening. >> mitchell: 17% of the overall work forces employed by the government -- state, federal and city workers. how have these government layoffs impacted the entire job market? >> it's been very tough on the job market. the private sector has come out of recession, in fact the last two years, but government, right now, is in recession. it's losing workers month by month and these are core jobs, some of the ones we think about
most is what the u.s. employment is really all about -- firemen, policemen, teachers, postal workers, even astronauts are losing their jobs. they're not the bureaucrats that everybody thinks about. >> mitchell: is there a psychological factor in play as people see these public-sector jobs going away? is consumer confidence affected? >> it's the last bastion where jobs are safe. the private sector has gone through waves of layoffs. when times are good they hire, they lay people off for no-fault reasons when business goes down. government has been safer, but that's disappearing and that's affecting consumer confidence. >> mitchell: where are the new jobs going to be? what sector, and what parts of the u.s.? >> some of the strongest areas are in energy as we look for energy independence, technology has been strong as companies do with all their cash and balance sheets spend money on technology. if you have a global job, you can speak another language, that can be a good place to look as well. health care has been strong right on through. geographically probably the southwest, one of the safest areas has been washington, d.c.
for jobs but now with the government workers it's getting hit harder. >> mitchell: it goes back to the psychological factor we were talking about earlier. >> that's right at the core of what our society is about -- government, washington, d.c., when there is not confidence there you wonder if there is confidence in the country. >> mitchell: john challenge, thank you so much for your insight. >> thank you. >> mitchell: news of an historic day in the world of sports. new york yankee derek jeter had the kind of day every little boy dreams about. the 37-year-old team captain got hit number 3,000. in fact, he got a hit every time he was up -- and oh, yeah, he drove in the winning run too. tony guida was watching. >> deep to left field. >> reporter: in the history of major league baseball, 17,614 men have played the game. only 27 others have done what derek jeter did, today -- get a hit for the 3,000th time. >> history with an exclamation
point. >> reporter: that his 3,000th hit was a home run, his first at yankee stadium this year, only magnifies jeter's milestone. no yankee before him -- not babe ruth, not lou gehrig, not joe dimaggio, not mickey mantle -- no player in the history of the legendary yankee franchise has accomplished this. >> i would rather the focus to be on our team, but it's great that our team's been winning. it's even better that we won today. >> reporter: derek jeter is a rare breed. the yankees shortstop is in his 17th season of playing the same position for the same team. jeter led the yankees to five world championships, 12 times he's been an all-star. hard to imagine, for a skinny kid from kalamazoo, michigan drafted by the yankees right out of high school, hard to imagine for everyone but dick roach, the scout who discovered jeter. the yankees were worried jeter would decide to attend the university of michigan instead of sign.
>> i said he's not going to michigan. they said where is he going? i said he's going to cooperstown. >> reporter: the hall of fame along with the baseball jeter hit today caught in the left field stands by a 23-year-old cell phone salesman who gladly returned it. >> like i said, he earned it. i'm not going to be the person to take it away from him. >> i have the ball. held it. feels like all the rest of them. >> reporter: you can be sure it's worth a lot more -- minimum six figures is what one expert told me that ball might have fetched, but christian lopez was happy to return it for four premium yankee seats to every home game for the rest of the season including the playoffs, and by the way, derek jeter hasn't decided yet what he's going to do with the ball. russ. >> mitchell: tony guida at yankee stadium. thanks a lot. later, americans honor the memory of first lady betty ford who died last night at the age of 93. a charity polo game for prince william in california. and border patrol agents searching the personal computers of american citizens.
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rumored $50,000 to play with him, $4,000 for the luncheon, a mere $400 for cheap seats and lunch in a box. >> are you amazed at how americans feel about this? >> we did fight a revolution to stop doing that stuff. >> reporter: the royal couple arrived in los angeles today, a city not normally star-struck made a royal exception. this is catherine's first time in the u.s., but she seems right at home hobnobbing with the rich and famous. long-time royal watcher victoria mather finds l.a. an odd first stop. >> this is either the stupidest choice in the world or it's incredibly enchanting and naive. "i want to go to california, i want to speak to movie stars." if you could possibly do anything that was more counterpoint to being royal and respectful, you go to hollywood. >> reporter: yet the duke and duchess know the value of celebrity. more cameras, and more money.
>> california is a very glitzy place. the world media reflects on them perhaps more than it would in kansas, but i think you will see they will go to more places in the states, i'm sure of it. >> reporter: but for now, the ritz continues. the royal couple will chopper the 80 miles back to los angeles for an a-list event there tonight with the likes of tom hanks and steven spielberg. tomorrow they will visit an inner-city arts program on l.a.'s skid row. >> mitchell: ben tracy in santa barbara. cheerio. that is "the cbs evening news." later on cbs, two editions of "48 hours mystery." thanks for joining us this saturday evening, i'm russ mitchell, cbs news in new york. i'll see you back here tomorrow. goodnight. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org