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Old 12-07-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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Ironically, Forbes said that Rochester was the 7th worst to look for a job. Go figure.

Rochester has a 6.7% unemployment rate and a 1.5% annual job growth rate.
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:43 PM
 
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DC has only had a 0.2% job growth rate in the past year. Compare that to Oklahoma City, OK which has had a 2.7% job growth rate.
The DC metro area has a population of 5.5 million with an unemployment rate of 5.7% while the Oklahoma City metro area has a population of 1.3 million with an unemployment rate of 5.8%, so maybe my math skills are off but it would seem the odds are similar...
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:48 AM
 
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DC has only had a 0.2% job growth rate in the past year. Compare that to Oklahoma City, OK which has had a 2.7% job growth rate.
Are you looking just at DC or the metro area as a whole?
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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The DC metro area has a population of 5.5 million with an unemployment rate of 5.7% while the Oklahoma City metro area has a population of 1.3 million with an unemployment rate of 5.8%, so maybe my math skills are off but it would seem the odds are similar...
DC could have an unemployment rate of 2% and OKC a rate of 10%, but if the jobs prospects are for a 2% increase in jobs next year in OKC and a loss of 2% in DC, then OKC is going to have the better market for finding a job. Yes, there will be more people looking for jobs in OKC, but at least there will be jobs out there to look for.

Not saying that's going to happen in DC or anything....just showing how I perceive the math.
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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Are you looking just at DC or the metro area as a whole?

The metro area.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:27 PM
 
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i have relatives in atlanta, and they are doing well. they carry advanced degrees, terminal degrees in their fields, and three of them have advanced engineering and applied physics degrees. however, my cousin, who works as a pilot for delta, is very dissatisfied, as he took a position in l.a., received a raised, and bought a home, which was 1200 sq ft smaller, and practically no yard. he lasted about 16 months and transferred back to atlanta. he was shocked to find the job market so depressed, the housing a mess, and the general feeling about the city. according to him, atlanta is in much more trouble than is talked up. residents in many areas are upset over the influx of people who flocked to the area for employment, only to find that their were no jobs because of the economy.

finally, my cousin is making a move to dallas. my brother is there and does well financially, as does his wife. he is a corporate manager and she is a graduate of boston college and mit---troubleshoots and secures systems in infrastructure in banking, securities, and for the defense department. she is going to help my cousin, now that he has finished 22 years as a pilot w/ delta, 8 of them as a captian. he looks the aviation industry, so he is trying to get into a situation where he works a 37.5 hour position w/ a defense contractor, but not as a pilot---some defense rule or regulation---and then he is going to teach flight control to jr officers. he is even interested in becoming a airplane control officer. either way, he says he will be making 2 1/2 txs the money, living in the south, and it is still less expensive to live in dallas than l.a.

his impression of atlanta is that it has reached critical mass and it is beginning to show its age from the late 60's, 70's, and 80's. cohesion and race relations are a limiting factor. many issues w/ one of the worst school systems in henry, fulton, duvall, and one other, but i can't remember. a good deal of trouble in the mexican, hispanic, and latin communities. according to him, the blacks in atlanta are very much against the influx of latinos of any country. consequently, he feels that the city metro, in general, is cycling back to a spiraling downturn. very real problems w/ highend housing and foreclosures across the board. on the other hand, i have a personal friend, who was a successful principal at an inner city b'ham school, he decided suddenly that he wanted to be closer to his lover, and in less than two weeks he located a wonderful job at one of the central offices of education. he is highly educated, had great references, and is an excellent principal, who turned around a failing school of black and hispanic students, w/ the exception of two white students. he says it is the best move he has ever made, and he loves atlanta. i think, as the news has reported, the jobs are there, in many instances, but the candidates just have to be suitable. boeing, mckesson, smith-nephew, and st. jude, st. jude, btw, in memphis is constantly looking for the brightest and best in every field of pediatric medicine, specialist and engineers in prosthesis, etc. they will employ 10,000 people w/in the next 4 years.

nashville, tn advertises its needs for various young, capable, and highly educated knowledge workers to fill the voids in those particular areas in various medical and technology. it is true in boston, dallas, houston, seattle, memphis, and throughout most of the u.s.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:34 PM
 
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i have relatives in atlanta, and they are doing well. they carry advanced degrees, terminal degrees in their fields, and three of them have advanced engineering and applied physics degrees. however, my cousin, who works as a pilot for delta, is very dissatisfied, as he took a position in l.a., received a raised, and bought a home, which was 1200 sq ft smaller, and practically no yard. he lasted about 16 months and transferred back to atlanta. he was shocked to find the job market so depressed, the housing a mess, and the general feeling about the city. according to him, atlanta is in much more trouble than is talked up. residents in many areas are upset over the influx of people who flocked to the area for employment, only to find that their were no jobs because of the economy.

finally, my cousin is making a move to dallas. my brother is there and does well financially, as does his wife. he is a corporate manager and she is a graduate of boston college and mit---troubleshoots and secures systems in infrastructure in banking, securities, and for the defense department. she is going to help my cousin, now that he has finished 22 years as a pilot w/ delta, 8 of them as a captian. he looks the aviation industry, so he is trying to get into a situation where he works a 37.5 hour position w/ a defense contractor, but not as a pilot---some defense rule or regulation---and then he is going to teach flight control to jr officers. he is even interested in becoming a airplane control officer. either way, he says he will be making 2 1/2 txs the money, living in the south, and it is still less expensive to live in dallas than l.a.

his impression of atlanta is that it has reached critical mass and it is beginning to show its age from the late 60's, 70's, and 80's. cohesion and race relations are a limiting factor. many issues w/ one of the worst school systems in henry, fulton, duvall, and one other, but i can't remember. a good deal of trouble in the mexican, hispanic, and latin communities. according to him, the blacks in atlanta are very much against the influx of latinos of any country. consequently, he feels that the city metro, in general, is cycling back to a spiraling downturn. very real problems w/ highend housing and foreclosures across the board. on the other hand, i have a personal friend, who was a successful principal at an inner city b'ham school, he decided suddenly that he wanted to be closer to his lover, and in less than two weeks he located a wonderful job at one of the central offices of education. he is highly educated, had great references, and is an excellent principal, who turned around a failing school of black and hispanic students, w/ the exception of two white students. he says it is the best move he has ever made, and he loves atlanta. i think, as the news has reported, the jobs are there, in many instances, but the candidates just have to be suitable. boeing, mckesson, smith-nephew, and st. jude, st. jude, btw, in memphis is constantly looking for the brightest and best in every field of pediatric medicine, specialist and engineers in prosthesis, etc. they will employ 10,000 people w/in the next 4 years.

nashville, tn advertises its needs for various young, capable, and highly educated knowledge workers to fill the voids in those particular areas in various medical and technology. it is true in boston, dallas, houston, seattle, memphis, and throughout most of the u.s.

i think, even though i have no children in school, all of this argument about schooling is silly. really, math, applied math, applied sciences, grammar, reading skills, and some history should be the courses taught in schools. anything beyond these, the parents should be responsible. the money is running out, the kids seem to become dumber, and the value of certificates, diplomas, degrees, etc., are being realized by the employer for their real worth.
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