Ready for the big push?

By and large, it’s probably better to have a low-paying job that no job at all. And in bad times the few jobs that are available out there are more likely to be low-paying than not.

Preliminary employment numbers from the state labor department estimate that there were 60,200 non-farm jobs in Ulster County this August as compared to 60,100 in July and 59,100 in August a year ago. At least one can say that the overall numbers are going in the right direction.

The trouble is that ten years ago — in August 2003 — Ulster County had 63,700 non-farm jobs. Like the majority of places in the nation, Ulster County is still below its pre-recessionary job totals. That’s not great.


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