As a recent college graduate, while many of my friends and classmates are struggling with unemployment, I consider myself fortunate to be employed. I consider myself even more fortunate, as well as privileged to be employed by such a company as Entergy Vermont Yankee.
I have been a life-long resident of Hinsdale, NH, and while it is clear that this area is not, and has not, experienced tremendous business growth and thus not attractive to young people seeking their first careers, it is even more clear that unemployment rates for college graduates are at an all-time high.
Pair those two statistics and it is obvious that young people will migrate toward the cities and suburbs where business is booming, far away from the south-western New Hampshire / south-eastern Vermont area. It doesn’t help the situation that this area is also a place where you “can’t get there from here.”
The job I have here enables me to honor my modest monthly bills, which include three student loans as well as a car and insurance payment. I have also been able to build my savings account for the first time. I strongly believe that this is the best employment opportunity available to me in this area.
I know I’m not alone when I say that if I were to lose my job here at VY, I would leave the area. I am just one person and if I were the only one, the change would hardly be noticeable. If 650 other people left for the same reason, that change wouldn’t go unnoticed.
Don’t miss economist David Hale speak at the Sheraton Economic Series
Monday August 29, 2011
Sheraton Burlington – University Amphitheatre
Social (half) hour at 6:30, Program at 7:00
Vermont-born global economist David Hale will appear on the EAI platform for the seventh time on Monday, August 29, at 7:00 pm in the University Amphitheatre at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center. David and his wife Lyric are the editors of a just released book, What’s Next? Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy (Yale University Press). They will summarize the highlights of What’s Next? as part of the Ethan Allen Institute’s Sheraton Economic Series. The public is invited – reservations not required.
– The Ethan Allen Institute
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