What are the forces moving the Minnesota economy? Adam Belz tries to identify the trends and show the connections between Minnesota and the larger U.S. and global economies. You can connect with him on Twitter: @adambelz
I got a voicemail over the weekend from Jake Slipka, of Maplewood, after he read our story on how vacant jobs don't pay as well as they used to. I called to make sure he's OK with me posting what he said, and transcribed portions of it here:
Hey Adam, Jake and Julie Slipka. Just reading your article in the Star and Tribune. I’m one of the ones that work three jobs but I choose to. 52 years old. Paid off the house in seven years vending at Twins games, the Vikings, concerts. Work at the school. Work for my father-in-law. There’s nothing wrong with working two or three jobs...Some of these jobs are part-time jobs anyway. Find something you like to do, work part-time, make extra money. It has nothing to do with what they make. You can’t have a cashier at McDonald’s making 48 bucks an hour. You know, what would the hamburger be? 200 bucks a hamburger? It is what it is…Work part-time, that’s disposable income to put in your pocket when everything else is paid for. So do an article on that, I mean there’s nothing wrong with working. I’d like to make $500,000 a year but I don’t live my life worrying about what I can and can’t do. I’ve got to go vend a Twins game now, no crowds there, so I know I ain’t gonna make a ton of money, but it is what it is. Had a good 30-year run vending. Give me a call.