That is a decrease of $3.20, or two percent, since the last survey was taken for the week ending July 24.
The decrease is primarily due to sale items in the meat and fish category.
The marketbasket survey is intended to provide consumers with information regarding fluctuations in the local cost of retail foods.
So if I get one of those $10 dollar an hour jobs that everyone is so happy to create, I would earn a gross pay of $400.00 per week and net somewhere near what? $300? $320?
That would leave me around $120.00 or $480.00 a month for rent, the electric bill, a telephone, car maintenance, car insurance and oh yea - gas. Nothing for clothes, cable, kids, school supplies or anything else that could possibly be thought of.
Make it $15 dollars per hour and I am still struggling here in Ulster County.
The point is that the next time we hear our politicians bragging that the jobs that are coming in will pay at least $10 dollars per hour - (we see them fight like hell against $12 dollars an hour in most cases)- we need to remember what that really gets the employee who earns it.
Not suprisingly, the politicians who think these are great wages are also the ones who are against unions.
Smarten up people. Do the math.