lost 52 dairy farms last year. Farmers were struggling with low milk prices
long before this economic downturn. But they're also affected by the economy
around them. VPR's Mitch Wertlieb speaks iwth Onan Whitcomb of the North Williston Cattle Company.
Vermont has a troubling rate of underemployed workers - people who are in temporary, part-time jobs, often without benefits. And in this economy, even
an advanced college degree may sometimes not be enough.
about 20 percent fewer people work in the state's factories than did just five
years ago, some companies have announced expansion plans that would create
dozens of new jobs. But
it could be months or more before anyone is
In Vermont's cash-strapped Northeast Kingdom, many workers often
hold down two or three jobs. Last year many were laid-off. Now, people in the Kingdom
are starting to find work again, but many are making less money, doing jobs
for which they are overqualified.
All this week,
we'll hear how people have been faring lately. We begin with a look at the
building industry - an area that's been one of the hardest hit by the downturn.
Many carpenters, contractors and lumberyards continue to struggle,
and their future is filled with uncertainty.