The BP Spill and Job Creation

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Wildlife. Fish. Tourism. Real estate prices. As if all that wasn’t bad enough, now jobs are going to be affected by the BP oil spill.

In fact, it is estimated that because of the oil spill, 1 million jobs could be lost in the next five years.

As if we all didn’t have enough to worry about in this economy.

But wait just a minute. It’s not all doom and gloom. Because, yes, industries are being negatively impacted by the oil spill, and people might lose their jobs. But other industries might see a boom.

That’s right. The oil spill might actually create jobs.

After all, people are down in Louisiana to clean up the spill. Those people have to eat. And sleep. So there needs to be people to run restaurants and grocery stores and hotels.

Maybe it will only be a temporary increase in jobs. Because, hopefully the oil will be cleaned up sooner rather than later. But still, more people working is more people working. And who knows, the jobs created during the oil spill clean up may stay jobs long after.

Because after looking at all the negatives that came from the BP oil spill (namely, everything), it’s nice to have a glimmer of hope come out of it.

By Jessica Livingston

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