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Discussion in 'The OT' started by wilbur_the_goose, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Jun 8, 2010 #201 of 339
    ndole

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    My wife lost her job last spring, but found part time work last fall. Things got very rough there for a few months. We we're starting to owe a lot of money when she finally found a job and rescued us from running up more credit cards. I cried a little when she called me and told me the good news. I was so proud of her. Now she's working near full time at the same place, and things are getting much better. At one time, I considered this job to be just a stepping stone. But now we're all just hanging on for dear life.
     
  2. Jul 2, 2010 #202 of 339
    phrelin

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    Well, I don't know that this will help anyone much, but according to a NY Times article yesterday:
    I don't know much about Cleveland, but a $31,000 gross wage a year seems low for a skilled technician. But maybe this would appeal to someone.
     
  3. phrelin

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    From the Sacramento Bee today:
    It's starting again particularly in the public sector in California and other struggling states. The City of Oakland, California, just laid off 60 cops. This is typical for local government in California this year, including many that avoided layoffs last year.

    In our area, Mendocino County, uniformed Sheriff's personnel just agreed to a 10% pay cut (which amounts to $4,200± a month) to avoid some (not all) additional layoffs this year. As of last year our Public Health Department no longer has clerical personnel in offices other than the main office in the county seat and has shut down its lab.

    The State Legislature, of course, has not adopted a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 and I really don't expect them to honestly confront the situation soon, but when they finally do probably in January there are going to have to be several thousand employees laid off (it really should be about 20,000 based on the tax revenue numbers as I see it, but who am I).

    Continued layoffs in the public sector will impact the private sector as many families have less to spend. These are going to continue to be tough times in many states for many people.:(
     
  4. wilbur_the_goose

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    Is our middle class disappearing?
     
  5. Matt9876

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    I'm still unemployed but have yet to disappear,The only job offers I get are so upside down I would owe my soul to the company store.

    Or some guy in China will split 9mil with me if I just give him my bank account #,SS #,Phone # etc...:grin:
     
  6. phrelin

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    I'd say a significant portion of it is having a very tough time.:(
     
  7. Aug 6, 2010 #207 of 339
    phrelin

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    While I posted about the latest employment data in the The Great Recession, death, and anything else... thread (it's too depressing to post here), I thought of wilbur_the_goose's wife when I read this at the end of the NY Times article:
    If misery loves company applies in your wife's case, you can read that to her wilbur.:(
     
  8. Aug 6, 2010 #208 of 339
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    Well, she just started a 3 month gig at the company where I work. Better than nothing!

    The only folks we're hiring are actuarial types.
     
  9. Matt9876

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    After 6 months of unemployment it looks like I may have landed a real job in HVAC installation,supposed to report to work 7:30 am tomorrow.:)

    I have experience in the air conditioning/heating field but would have preferred to stay with satellite work if the bottom had not fell out of the business,the low pay,1099 bull and choppy sales makes it a scary place to hang your economic hat.

    Best of luck to everyone who is still looking for work.
     
  10. James Long

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    The AC guy that came to my house today was hired on a month ago after at least six months out of work. I hope it works out.
     
  11. Richard King

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    Congrats Matt. The AC guy who did the house that I rebuilt here ended up having to close his business due to lack of business. He ended up having to declare bankruptcy and went to work for a grocery store chain taking care of their AC, freezers and coolers. Recently the grocery chain announced that they were closing a large number of stores here in Florida. Thankfully, his area was not hit by the closings.

    The commercial real estate business here is still in the pits. When I bought my building in 2003 I said that I would not have an auto related business in any of my units (12 units). Currently 4 of the 12 units are occupied, one, is a transmission shop that rents two units, another is a private party who works on his and friend's cars, the other is a carpet and flooring installer. So, three of four of my units that I said I was not going to rent to car repair businesses are occupied by car repair businesses. Oh, and I am bringing in about 25% of what I should be bringing in and can't claim unemployment or any other government goodies. The 25% barely covers all my property taxes and health insurance. It doesn't cover any other insurance and I now have no other insurance anymore other than the required car insurance. I don't like being that way, but I "save" about $25K/$30K per year going with no insurance. The way the economy is, there is little hope of getting the building full and barely any hope of even getting any more renters. Of course, if I owned a different type of business I certainly wouldn't be looking at renting more space or hiring more people with the uncertainty in Washington today. I'd do just what most business people are doing, hoard whatever there is since you might not have it tomorrow.
     
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    That's great Matt! A real job is a real find. Good luck on your first day and I hope it turns out to be exactly what you need.
     
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    Don't know how much there is in this that might help someone here, but the Sacramento Bee ran an article today headlined Personal Finance: Challenges of long-term joblessness on the rise that begins with this:
     
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    From the Sacramento Bee this morning:
    Apparently access to health benefits is a major draw.:nono:
     
  15. Oct 5, 2010 #215 of 339
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    Another big newsflash High unemployment could last a long time:
     
  16. Oct 5, 2010 #216 of 339
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    Maybe it's because the country is being ruled by gangs of lawyers -- the offices of the President, Vice-President, Secretary of State, the Speaker of the House and a majority of representatives, the leader of the Senate and a majority of senators -- all lawyers. We're not only a nation governed by laws, we're a nation being run and ruined by lawyers!
     
  17. Oct 5, 2010 #217 of 339
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    My renter who moved in August first, with a 12 month lease, has moved out. I had a feeling that this would happen since they didn't have the money for a deposit and I let them move in anyway. It's better to collect 2 months rent than none at all. It's a real joy owning a commercial building here. 3 of 12 occupied now.
     
  18. Oct 6, 2010 #218 of 339
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    I am now completely unemployed. What is the irony though, is that I lost my part-time, work from home job due to the opposite of most lay-offs. The company is doing so well, they want a full-time, in-office employee. They are in Seattle and I am 5 hours away - that option is not available to me.
     
  19. Oct 6, 2010 #219 of 339
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    Study your history and you will learn that with every revolution the lawyers were always the first to be lined up against a wall!
     
  20. phrelin

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    Don't know that this will mean much to anyone here, but the LA Times has an article today headlined Many retailers are ramping up holiday hiring:
    Of course the article notes near the end:
    These are low paying jobs and seasonal only.
     

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