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Old 05-11-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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We are looking to move down from NJ to the Charlotte area. Next fall, I will have one child in Middle School and two in high school. I've researched area schools and have narrowed it down to a few areas. My question is, how is the job market? My husband is a truck driver (local). I am a substitute teacher. We would like to get out of NJ but we are very apprehensive coming down without a job. It is becoming too expensive up here and we are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Do you think finding a driving or warehouse job will be difficult? What about substituting, anybody know how much they make or if there is even a need?
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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PLEASE do not come without jobs intact. The job market here is horrid and they are now looking at laying off a ton of teachers this summer. (so, the prospects for substituting would probably be slim). I think that Mecklenburg county (our county) has 11.3% unemployment (or maybe that is Charlotte?) anyway, our newspaper is Charlotte Observer - Carolina News Panthers Bobcats Sports Banking NASCAR Racing - CharlotteObserver.com and you can keep up with the latest news that way.
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:25 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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We are looking to move down from NJ to the Charlotte area. Next fall, I will have one child in Middle School and two in high school. I've researched area schools and have narrowed it down to a few areas. My question is, how is the job market? My husband is a truck driver (local). I am a substitute teacher. We would like to get out of NJ but we are very apprehensive coming down without a job. It is becoming too expensive up here and we are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Do you think finding a driving or warehouse job will be difficult? What about substituting, anybody know how much they make or if there is even a need?
Tina, are you looking to move to the city of Charlotte, the inner suburbs, or are you OK with living out a bit?

Which part of NJ are you currently in? North Jersey, South Jersey, or Central? There are a lot of us here, & that would tell us what you're used to.
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:42 PM
 
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I would think that with the layoffs it would not affect the substitute getting called because teachers would still be needing them. There is always a need for substitutes no matter where you are. Just wondering so please do not attack me
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I think what the PP means is that a lot of those teachers who will be let go will be looking for substitute work, since they're not in the classroom full-time anymore. That would mean a lot more competition from people who have an established network, compared to someone new w/o connections down here. I've never subbed in the schools down here, but that's what I think the PP meant.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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Thank you. We are from northern NJ. I know the market has been bad but I was thinking that perhaps the "blue collar" jobs would be plentiful. Perhaps it was wishful thinking. I am open to being outside the city. We are currently 35 min ouside NYC too. I was looking in the Providence HS, Weddington HS, Ardrey Kell and Hough HS. I was down there 2x in April just looking around. It's scarey uprooting the family, it's just hard to make ends meet here. Thank you for all of your comments. By the way, many teachers in NJ are getting let go as well, so I understood what the prvious writer was referring to.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:44 PM
 
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Thank you. We are from northern NJ. I know the market has been bad but I was thinking that perhaps the "blue collar" jobs would be plentiful. Perhaps it was wishful thinking. I am open to being outside the city. We are currently 35 min ouside NYC too. I was looking in the Providence HS, Weddington HS, Ardrey Kell and Hough HS. I was down there 2x in April just looking around. It's scarey uprooting the family, it's just hard to make ends meet here. Thank you for all of your comments. By the way, many teachers in NJ are getting let go as well, so I understood what the prvious writer was referring to.
You can't be outside the city and still get those schools you mentioned, except for Weddington High, which is in Union County - but in a pricey area to live in.

Honestly, this is a TERRIBLE time to come to the Charlotte area in particular without a job. People who have done this have put themselves in very bad financial striats.

If you are willing to go outside Charlotte's metro, like to Statesville which has two major interstates going thru it and a trucking industry, you might find some work for your husband. Outlying counties all have high unemployment too, but if you can find something the cost of living will be much more affordable than in Charlotte.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:44 PM
 
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Thank you. We are from northern NJ. I know the market has been bad but I was thinking that perhaps the "blue collar" jobs would be plentiful. Perhaps it was wishful thinking. I am open to being outside the city. We are currently 35 min ouside NYC too. I was looking in the Providence HS, Weddington HS, Ardrey Kell and Hough HS. I was down there 2x in April just looking around. It's scarey uprooting the family, it's just hard to make ends meet here. Thank you for all of your comments. By the way, many teachers in NJ are getting let go as well, so I understood what the prvious writer was referring to.
Tina, The school districts here are by county. I live in Cleveland County & my county is not having layoffs Gaston County is between Cleveland County & Charlotte. I don't know about Gaston County. Lincoln County is north of Gaston County, going towards Hickory. I don't know the status of Lincoln County, either.

These 3 counties are west of Charlotte. One of the posters on this board, ComfortFood is married & his wife has worked & is working for the 3 western districts. He might be a source of information for you.

Cleveland County Schools (http://www.clevelandcountyschools.org/welcome.htm - broken link)

http://www.gaston.k12.nc.us/Pages/welcome.aspx

Lincoln County Board of Education - Homepage

Right now it would be more difficult for you to find work. I would suggest that you contact the 3 school districts that I named. If you can get a promise of work, then we can help your husband find something, & find you a place to live. There are good schools outside of Charlotte.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:04 PM
 
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I think what the PP means is that a lot of those teachers who will be let go will be looking for substitute work, since they're not in the classroom full-time anymore. That would mean a lot more competition from people who have an established network, compared to someone new w/o connections down here. I've never subbed in the schools down here, but that's what I think the PP meant.

Ok. I see that
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:50 AM
 
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Tina, The school districts here are by county. I live in Cleveland County & my county is not having layoffs Gaston County is between Cleveland County & Charlotte. I don't know about Gaston County. Lincoln County is north of Gaston County, going towards Hickory. I don't know the status of Lincoln County, either.

These 3 counties are west of Charlotte. One of the posters on this board, ComfortFood is married & his wife has worked & is working for the 3 western districts. He might be a source of information for you.

Cleveland County Schools (http://www.clevelandcountyschools.org/welcome.htm - broken link)

http://www.gaston.k12.nc.us/Pages/welcome.aspx

Lincoln County Board of Education - Homepage

Right now it would be more difficult for you to find work. I would suggest that you contact the 3 school districts that I named. If you can get a promise of work, then we can help your husband find something, & find you a place to live. There are good schools outside of Charlotte.

Thank you, I will look into those school districts. I appreciate all the suggestions.
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