The economic downturn has meant that many high school and college students faced a tight job market this season. But as VPR’s Lynne McCrea reports, federal stimulus money provided some young Vermonters with better-than-ever work opportunities.
Summer is the busiest season for weddings in Vermont, among locals and out-of-state couples alike.
But some who make their living on these celebrations have found that weddings have changed in the middle of a recession.
By the end of August, about 250 workers at the Ethan Allen Furniture factory in Beecher Falls will be out of work. In this economy, and in this remote corner at the juncture of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Canada, the prospects for re-employment are especially slim.
The economic downturn that began in the fall deepened into a
recession that some compare to the Great Depression. As
VPR reported in a series in February, jobs were being cut, incomes were falling
and the recession was Hitting Home. So
now, six months later, what’s changed?