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06-21-2009 04:52 PM

Since I am here I thought I’d go a little left of off the woodworking topics and see how everyone’s economy is shaping up at the moment. I won’t get political (too much bad juju in that topic) but I need to move my family to where the work is and, more importantly, where the work is that me and the mrs have been trained to do!

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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#1 posted 06-21-2009 05:04 PM

Still slow in southern Oregon .As someone who employees people in my contracting business I would say keep checking back with employers maybe twice a week , you will be the one they will remember when work pops.

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#2 posted 06-21-2009 05:09 PM

As a homebuilder for the last 30 years, you probably need to stay away from Georgia right now. Homebuilders Association of Georgia has gone from around 13,000 members to about 6,500. A few counties have a little activity, but from where I moved from, east of Atlanta, Permits went from 2,000 a year to only about 25 so far this year.

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#3 posted 06-21-2009 05:10 PM

things here in new mexico are the same as allways
the most woodworking is done with a chainsaw cutting beams for roofs !
it is a third world state .
good luck in your search .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 06-21-2009 05:14 PM

Well, it would probably help if I mentioned that my wife is in education (early childhood education where it deals with the developmental levels of pre-k aged children – ok, I have a basic idea of what she does but I always get it confused!!) and I have a degree and background in criminal justice (emphasizing in homeland security) but really working towards emergency management and disaster recovery.

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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#5 posted 06-21-2009 05:29 PM

Here in Idaho they tell us we are protected from the woes the rest of the country suffers. On the list of “loss of personal anual income” my state ranked fifth. Not good.

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#6 posted 06-21-2009 06:09 PM

Northeast is pretty bad all the big money from New York, wall street has dried up, houses are for sale everywhere and there are tons of foreclosures, business are dropping like flies and the smaller malls have lots of empty stores, its pretty much the same in PA, NJ and CT. State and local governments are trying to find ways to cut the budgets and education has been hard hit. The only places I hear good news about is a few midwestern states. You may want to look at if you haven’t already there may be some new stimulus programs in your line of work. Good luck on your search and keep us posted on your search progress.

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#7 posted 06-21-2009 07:48 PM

I keep reading that North Dakota is the best place in the country right now. Unemployment is around 4%.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#8 posted 06-21-2009 09:14 PM

That’s because both people are employed!!! I’m from Montana so couldn’t resist the ND jab!

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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#9 posted 06-21-2009 10:39 PM

I work in the logistics business; trucking….we’re a pretty good economic barometer. business started to slow down almost 3 years ago, bottomed out about 18 months ago, but over the past 2 months has been steadily building. This last week we literally had more freight than we had drivers, which hasnt been the case in about a year and a half. So I’m cautiously optimistic, the general opinion around here is that the rest of the country lags behind transportation about 8-12 months as far as economic conditions.

-- "Democracy is by far the worst system of government. Except all the others that have been tried." ~ Winston Churchill

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#10 posted 06-21-2009 11:48 PM

I’d Surgest England if i thought it would give you hope but i’v been unemployed for 1 month now and crying inside at the thought of losing my home soon so i guess i’m saying just stick it out were you are it’s not good anywhere in the world right now.

but good luck with your search


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#11 posted 06-22-2009 12:48 AM

If I could get back to England I wouldn’t even hesitate!!! I was deployed there for 6 months back in 2003 in West Ruislip and have been missing it badly ever since!

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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#12 posted 06-22-2009 03:20 AM

I suppose you know unemployment in Tacoma is 10%. It has even hit the recession proof healthcare jobs this time!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 06-22-2009 04:55 AM

Yeah, that I do know! The thing that is really stinging me with Washington is it’s lack of working with other states, it’s bubble of ‘it won’t happen here so I don’t need to prepare for eventualities’, and the gov… but that crosses the line of political discussion and to be fair, I just ain’t gonna go there! That is why I am really starting to look out of area. We moved here after I came back from my military deployment to England in the latter end of 2003 and the unemployment rate wasn’t fantastic at that point, but I felt there was a need due to my wife’s daughter living with her ex in this area and to maintain that connection for her. Problem is that it is affecting the family now. While her ex has seniority at his work and a decent wage, our family is losing out in the long run and we need to be able to support our own before we can help anyone else. Her daughter is in her 2nd year of high school and my wife is more open to moving now so we will see what comes of it!

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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#14 posted 06-22-2009 05:09 AM

Central Oregon, Bend currently has 16% unemployment. It’s a nice place to live but work is slow.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#15 posted 06-22-2009 05:56 AM

Texas isn’t doing bad at all. We still have a pretty good economy. Your wife can work in lots of places around big cities for fair money. I worked DHS for several years. One word of advice, add Safety to your skills. It will help. A good safety officer can pull the two types of work together. FEDs are on hiring freeze in several areas now. “Emergency Preparedness” in the corp world pays well if you can find an opening. Especially in the healthcare industry. But you will be way ahead of the rest if you include “Safety”. Stay up on your CBRNE training and make sure all your ICS courses are complete. If you can get certified for “level A” suits, do it. If you need more info, PM me.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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