Bronx Economy

Leon Wynter takes the economic pulse of the south Bronx. A year ago, business boomed in the Bronx, transforming depressed areas into hubs of economic activity. Now, in the aftermath of Sept. 11, unemployment is on the rise. Leon Wynter talks with William Thompson, Jr., Comptroller of the City of New York, about the depressed job market and the city's plans to revive the economy. At St. Peter's Church in the Bronx, Angela and Wilford Peters say there is now increased demand for the free meals they serve to the needy. At the Consortium for Worker Education, Assistant Manager John Molina and Associate Senior Director Sonia Torruella say that the profile of their clientele has changed. They are now assisting a larger number of well trained, well educated workers. Jimmy Combs, the owner of Jimmy's Luncheonette, marks the economic downturn in the changed eating habits of his customers. People who once took their time around the lunch counter now get their orders to go.



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