On Friday, an estimated 3000-4000 showed up at a job fair for a mall being built in Merrimack. NHRP:
Patrice Noelle from Wilton, New Hampshire has been out of work for almost two years. When asked what type of work she was looking for, Noelle said, "I’ll do basically anything. I’ll sweep floors. My degree is in business."
When the doors opened at 8 a.m., a legion of hungry applicants — with résumés in tow — flooded the large hall.
Representatives from big chain stores were ready to interview for positions ranging from custodians to customer service.
Governor Lynch stopped in to check out the action:
The Governor says New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is 40 percent below the 8.3 percent national average.
"But we still have over 30,000 people out of work. The outlet mall will end up creating a minimum of 800 jobs, which is very exciting, and it may end up being more jobs than that," said Lynch.
The possibility of 800 new jobs is nice,but it's a drop in the bucket, when one considers 30,000 out of work. And that's only the people who are out of work - it doesn't take into consideration the number of people who are underemployed.
Just as these people getting these new jobs will be underemployed. Retail jobs don't pay enough to actually live on in our state. Many retail jobs don't provide health insurance. And many will be part time.
The jobs being created in our new economy are largely low paying service jobs. The creation of a permanent poverty wage level underclass is something that should concern us all.