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Old 03-14-2008, 05:27 PM
 
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This is spot on referring to the job market. I have said this in many messages and will repeat. I have seen folks at the same lower level service jobs since I have moved here almost four years ago. If this isn't a statement on the availability of jobs here I don't know what is. I am referring to Subway...Food Lion and even the Hess Gas Station. Normally there is tremendous turnover at these jobs but not here...too precious. Speaking of temp jobs...had to laugh at the "job fair" advertised the other day in the paper...all temp jobs.
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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well, pretty soon, this is just going to be retired people and some college kids. the retired people are going to have to go back to work since they don't want to pay any money around here! there aren't enough college students to do all the jobs in this town. this economy is totally shot. someone, an obvious real estate agent, posted some link to how great the job market is in wilmington. they thought that "employers are really starting to find wilmington." ever other major city in north carolina ranked in the top 100 in job growth except for wilmington according to forbes. wilmington ranked below detroit. I actually don't know how low they ranked because the list only went up to 100! I am off to greenville as well. not only are there jobs, but it's an actual city and it has the nicest downtown I have ever seen. it's a real downtown too with grocery stores and pharmacies. I can't wait, I only hope that I can sell my house for around what I paid for it.
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Upstate SC
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Very true. You always have to have a "Plan B" when you live in Wilm or any other tourist-driven community. Plan B means always having enough money set aside for living and/or moving expenses if you lose your job. You always need to have an idean in the back of your mind of where you might want to live next, as it could certainly come down to that.

I think you will like the Greenvl/Spartanbg area. Plus, you are really not that far from Columbia or CLT if you need to go there for work as well. I too am a software developer and, as a test for myself, I did the Raleigh/RTP thing for a year back in '04 and found it quite homogenous and boring. So boring in fact, I came back to Wilm until I could figure out what to do next.
I'm already commuting to Spartanburg (almost six months now) from South Asheville. The commute is a pain (almost an hour), but the job is much more secure and pays much more. On top of that, less than an hour to the mountains, and a much lower cost of living and home prices. We'll be moving once my son graduates from school in June.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:22 AM
 
Location: yep i made it to wilmington!
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Default Wilmington rocks!

If you're an entrepreneur, or travel for work and don't have to rely on a local job, it's a great home base. You've got the beach, a small but fun downtown, plenty of shops, an abundance of restaurants, amazing weather.....did I mention the beach?......and it's only a few hours to the mountains for a weekend retreat.

So far the people here have been friendly. We just moved here and we love it!
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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HAHAHA! it's fun to see dogluvr now posting as a local! welcome!
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:07 PM
 
Location: yep i made it to wilmington!
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HAHAHA! it's fun to see dogluvr now posting as a local! welcome!
got my nc license and everything, so it's official! thanks again for your insight......it's fun to see the places everyone mentioned, and you were pretty much right on about the different areas and types of people.

hey, what's up with the trash pick up? only once a week? that's weird, no?

i love that my cable was hooked up the next day....takes weeks to get it done in florida.
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I live in the city, pretty close to downtown so my trash only gets picked up once per week! in DC my trash got picked up tuesday and thursday. like I have said, there are good points and bad points of this area. same everywhere else! hope you and your husband have found good work here. that is pretty much the key to this area. if you need insight to places to eat or anything, let me know. once again, welcome!
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Wilmington is listed as Forbes #36 best place to do business, ranked 21 in job growth. All I hear is how bad the job market is in Wilmington (though I'm an entrepreneur, so apparently that's good for me)... how can this be?
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Old 03-31-2008, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Wilmington is listed as Forbes #36 best place to do business, ranked 21 in job growth. All I hear is how bad the job market is in Wilmington (though I'm an entrepreneur, so apparently that's good for me)... how can this be?
Remember that those rankings favor employers, not employees. Yes, it's a great place to do business, because employers and business owners can find the skilled labor they need, get a State tax break for relocating here (or anywhere in N.C.) and they can pay those employees less here than in other places. So yes, if you are an employer, it's a great place. If you are an employee looking for a good wage in the most expensive place to live in all of N.C.--it's not so good. And even though Forbes released their own rankings, it's just Forbes...which may or may not mirror the rankings of other business publications. So if it's so great here for employers to do business, where are they?? Do you read the job ads in the Sunday Star-News? Did those ads (or lack thereof) show you any signs of significant job growth in the area? Looked like the same old employers offering the same old low-paying jobs to me...
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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I guess I'll just have to become an employer, then!
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