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.