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Is unemployment really going down or is there something else behind the new 8% statistic? How are things in your area?
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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 6, 2012
    • I honestly don’t really know how things are. We live in a bubble over here. Salaries are typically pretty low and many people work more than one part time job - but that’s been the norm for a long time where I live. If you work more than 20 hours, employers have to give their workers health insurance so many employers only give their help up to that limit every week. It’s not unusual for people to have 2, even 3 part time jobs just to make ends meet.




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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 7, 2012
    • We live in somewhat of a little local bubble as well with low wages.  In my immediate area, anyone who is employable has a job and there are still some job openings.  As the saying goes, “It’s hard to find good help.”

      I would guess unemployment is far below 8 percent here.  Except for me, the unemployed people in my town are not people fit to work anyway.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 7, 2012
    • The unemployment rate in Memphis has been about 10% for years. Really nothing to do with who is in the Oval office but more of a local issue. There are jobs to be had if you want them.




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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 7, 2012
    • We have several major employers in our area that keep this area alive...

      1.  SRS (Savannah River Site-which is a nuclear facility)..since 1993 they have been downsizing...going from approximately 10,000 employees to about 3000 now.  They work force reduction has hurt us.  Some retired...some left the area to work somewhere else...and some were laid off.  They just had the last lay off in October and I hear of another one by March.  

      2.  Fort Gordon- Army base....if we ever lose this...we are in major trouble. This base is the “hub” of all communications in the military.  It’s really a crucial and important site. They employ a lot of civilians.

      3.  Bridgestone/Firestone-they are expanding their facility and will be hiring more people.  That’s a good thing.

      4.  Kimberly-Clark -they too are expanding their facility...and will be hiring more people. Great place to work.

      5.  International Paper- the Augusta facility makes more money than any of the other gazillion facilities across the country and even the world.  Not hiring at the moment but they are thriving.

      6.  Georgia Health Sciences University or formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia.-They are a huge employer for our area...and at this time are not hiring.  Layoffs have been talked about.  

      So for our area...we have a mixture of hiring and laying off.  So..along with the numbers they are giving us..we have to keep in mind that there are layoffs still going on too which wash out any hiring that was done.  

      If we all start to TRY..and I said TRY...to buy as much stuff made in America....we can all help to start create jobs right here in our own country.  Forget that sorry Congress to do anything...WE THE PEOPLE can change this.  

      Example...I was in Kroger the other day and on one of their endcaps they had a display of drinking glasses for sale...they were clear and looked okay.  I turned over the glass to see where they were made (you could buy them individually for like $2 each)...and they were made in the USA...by Libbey.  So if you need to buy drinking glasses..buy Libbey...they are made in the USA.  Well..I bought several not because I needed them..but because they were made in the USA.  That is my goal this year...buy as much as I possibly can ..of items made in the USA!!

      Ok...I’m off my bandwagon now....estatic




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      Momofthreeprincess wrote Jan 7, 2012
    • Here in the Chicagoland area people are still looking for work.  The main issue around here is that they want people who have years of experience even if you have a degree in the field.  The rate is higher than the national average being at 10%.  The state seems to be doing nothing about attraching jobs.  The hand out tax breaks like candy but then some of the business still just move out or get bought by a larger company like what happened with Motorola.  They had a 10 million tax break to stay in state and took the deal only to sell out to another company a few months later which closed down the jobs here and moved them overseas.




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      Dana Arcuri wrote Jan 8, 2012
    • For three year, the Pittsburgh, PA area has encountered a large amount of layoffs, downsizing and long-term unemployment.  The main area’s of job openings are retail sales and restaurants, which do not pay high wages.  My husband was laid off work multiple times in 2010.  His area of expertise is superintendent for commercial construction.  The winter is the worst time in Pittsburgh to gain steady employment for commercial construction.  It’s been beyond difficult and a major financial crisis in my family.  Last month, my brother-in-law, who has worked with an insurance company for over 25 years with high achievement within the company was informed he was losing his job, due to downsizing.  It’s disheartening that the workforce is ONLY concerned with the MIGHTY DOLLAR and NOT the “little people!”




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      Marya1961 wrote Jan 11, 2012
    • We are outside of Philadelphia, and honestly, there are still many jobs to be found.  It seems the medical field is a HUGE thing here as I see many nurses, medical assistants, lab technicians, dental assistants, x-ray technicians, and a growing number of personal trainers (our son is studying that) and nutritionists.  We have quite a few very good hospitals and health centers here, so if a person is looking to get into the medical field, this is a great area to live.

      Unfortunately, the number of doctors is decreasing, probably the malpractice insurance being an issue.

      There are still quite a few jobs in sales and the food industry...when you live in and around a big city, not every one of course, there are more opportunities.




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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 11, 2012
    • Mary...doctors are not only getting out of the business due to malpractice which is really unbelievable....but because of the healthcare situation.  We have a huge medical area....the Medical College of Georgia, VA Hospital, University Hospital, Trinity Hospital, and Doctors Hospital which has the biggest burn unit in the southeast.  

      AFter talking to a lot of doctors I know personally ...many are getting out because of the direction healthcare is going.  This was predicted if Obamacare came into play...that doctors would just start getting out of the business...and then...in about 10 years what are we going to have caring for us????  No one...who is going to go to school for the length they have to go and spend the money they have to ..to be a doctor when they will not be compensated for what they do.  Who can blame them?




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      Ameena wrote Jan 14, 2012
    • It is my understanding is that the drop does not reflect a creation of more jobs but simply those who simply stopped looking for work. Check out this link where a reporter for WPIX explained unemployment  

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      Ameena, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.




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