In tough times, Brooklyn residents turn to side jobs

As the national economy weakens and unemployment rates continue to rise, some Brooklyn residents are picking up side jobs to weather the storm.In Park Slope,

PARK SLOPE - As the national economy weakens and unemployment rates continue to rise, some Brooklyn residents are picking up side jobs to weather the storm.

In Park Slope, some have taken on part-time jobs as couriers. Robert Clarke, who was laid off as a security guard, says being a messenger is a temporary fix.

"It's a living," he says. "It's hard to find a job out there - so you gotta do, what you gotta do."

Peter Petino, who owns a courier company in Park Slope, says couriers are paid between minimum wage and $20 an hour depending on the task.

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