Last week we shared stories from people whose quality of life has been affected by the unpredictable ebb and flow of gasoline prices. Visit our Facebook page and read the great discussion riffing on our last post, about Troy Harper in Missouri, to get an idea of how hot-button an issue this has become.
Today we’re passing along sentiments about the work Americans do and how the cost of fuel makes that tougher.
Some workers get paid by the hour, others are salaried, and still others are in business for themselves. Gas prices take a bite every time.
Here are a few of the responses we’ve received:
“I have to work one and half days just to fill my car, just to get to my job. That’s what I spend a week. If they raise gas prices, they should be raising the salaries.”
— Jose G., Streamwood, Illinois
“My wife and I both work at different times of the day, so we can’t carpool, and driving two cars every day gets too costly, at $3 to $4 a gallon. Not only us, but everybody that has to work has to give up something in order to make ends meet.”
“As a business owner (lawn maintenance), even a few cents per gallon makes a big difference in my profit margin. My company uses approximately 100 to 130 gallons per week, sometimes more. So the cost of fuel has a large bearing on our workload. Lower prices would really help our bottom line.”
— Keith M., Boca Raton, Florida
“Gas prices affect me and my job, where most of my profits go toward fuel prices, [since] I’m on the road most of my time. Please lower the gas prices so we can get more out of our earnings, to spend more on family needs. There is no reason to have such high gas prices.”
— Frank C., Rancho Cucamonga, California
“I am a self-employed courier. I work only part-time now, but the price of fuel for my car has a big impact on my business. You just don’t make as much. With high fuel, prices everything goes up in America. Were are an economy on wheels, as you can tell with all the over-the-road trucks out there today. Fuel affects almost everything and makes it much more difficult to earn a living.”
— Flip P., York, Pennsylvania
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