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November 6, 2012

Mark asks…

Why is it so hard to find a place to live?

I live in NY and live with my parents in Queens. After I graduated from college a couple of years ago, I had a difficult time finding a job but I finally found one, but the salary is only $37,000. I’ve had this job for a year. I’m trying to look at other entry-level jobs out there because I need to make more money. Most jobs in NYC only offer around $30-40K for entry-level positions. I’m trying to find an apartment for rent in Queens so I can finally move out of my parents’ house and the cheapest apartment I found in the area was $1,000 a month for a studio apartment. If I’m paying $1,000 a month on rent and I need to also spend money for electricity, food, and other bills, I need to make at least $50,000 before I can afford to live on my own. I can’t believe I have to make that much before I can become independent. My friend lives in Florida and even though the price of houses and apartments are cheaper, the salaries there are worse. In fact, he’s currently unemployed because the only job he can find is one that will only pay $5 an hour. So, moving to another state definitely won’t help me either. And I can have a roommate either because it will defeat the whole purpose of me wanting to move out. I want to move out to be on my own

So I don’t get it… why do jobs pay so little and why are shelters so expensive?? If it weren’t for my parents, I’ll be homeless. My salary is pitiful due to the outrageous prices of apartments.

Administrator answers:

You’re living in one of the most expensive places in the country. Most people can’t afford to live alone in New York City. Consider finding a room or two and splitting the costs of a slightly larger apartment. The reason jobs pay so little, btw, is because the US now has more workers than it has jobs. It’s supply and demand and right now employers don’t have to spend much to find workers.

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