Job Hunters Look for Multiple Jobs to Make Ends Meet

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

Unemployment has never been as big an issue in Bryan-College Station as it is in other parts of the country. In fact, B/CS routinely leads the state in lowest unemployment.

So when a job fair is held in town does anyone show up? The answer is yes, but this year's crop of job hunters weren't necessarily looking for their dream job, but rather, a way to help them make ends meet.

You've seen the numbers going up at the grocery store, and who can forget the pain at the pump. But one of the places you're not seeing big increases is your paycheck. Instead, money keeps seeming to disappear.

"They really don't pay a lot of money. You have to be doing it because you love it, not because of the money," job hunter Barbara Foley said.

But money does talk. That's why Foley came to the Chamber of Commerce's Job Fair looking for employment opportunities. She just graduated with a teaching degree, but says that alone isn't going to be enough.

"I'm going to need a second job with the price of everything going up," Foley said.

Danny Henson has lived in Dime Box for 20 years. To avoid a 60-mile commute in and out of town each day, he's considering packing up and moving closer.

"If I could find something in this area. I would be willing to move," Henson said. "I would almost have to to be able to afford driving back and forth."

Right now, Henson says he just needs a job, but he would even consider taking on two. Bottom line: he's willing to do whatever it takes to make ends meet.

"If it takes moving away to make a living, that's what you got to do," Henson said.

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