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Old 11-06-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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New Hope is right in the mix of Greater Philadelphia. The job market is strong throughout the region, but you may not be able to walk/bike to work from New Hope, but you can definitely find a job in the area.
The Philadelphia area does not have a "strong job market". The unemployment rate sits at 8.5%, which is above the already inflated national average of around 8% and of the big city metro areas is higher than all but one (Los Angeles).
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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The Philadelphia area does not have a "strong job market". The unemployment rate sits at 8.5%, which is above the already inflated national average of around 8% and of the big city metro areas is higher than all but one (Los Angeles).
Unemployment rates can be misleading. If you've got the education, as the OP does, and his girlfriend wants to go to law school, there are really only a couple of areas to consider. Boston, NY and Philadelphia among the tops and of those 3, Philadelphia is the most affordable which would likely be important to a young family/couple.

Also, you make it sound like Philadelphia's some jobless tumor on the east coast. Here's a list of major metros with similar or higher unemployment rates...

Philadelphia - 8.4%

Atlanta - 8.4%
Charlotte - 9.1%
New York - 8.5%
Los Angeles - 9.4%
Miami - 8.4%
Jacksonville - 8.2%
Sacramento - 9.7%
Detroit - 10.0%

There are some every day names most people would recognize easily.

Not to mention, Greater Phila is huge. The PA burbs are in much better shape compared to Camden and Wilmington, which are included in the numbers of Philly.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:09 PM
 
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Unemployment rates can be misleading. If you've got the education, as the OP does, and his girlfriend wants to go to law school, there are really only a couple of areas to consider. Boston, NY and Philadelphia among the tops and of those 3, Philadelphia is the most affordable which would likely be important to a young family/couple.

Also, you make it sound like Philadelphia's some jobless tumor on the east coast. Here's a list of major metros with similar or higher unemployment rates...

Philadelphia - 8.4%

Atlanta - 8.4%
Charlotte - 9.1%
New York - 8.5%
Los Angeles - 9.4%
Miami - 8.4%
Jacksonville - 8.2%
Sacramento - 9.7%
Detroit - 10.0%

There are some every day names most people would recognize easily.

Not to mention, Greater Phila is huge. The PA burbs are in much better shape compared to Camden and Wilmington, which are included in the numbers of Philly.
The OP does not have the education or job experience yet. He wants to "get into IT' and his girlfriend wants to start law school. Philadelphia is not the city to go into for a part-time job while attending school or entry level IT positions. It's unemployment rate reflects a lack of full time jobs and particularly if one doesn't have the experience. It's cost of living is no bargain either if one isn't well compensated in their job. I know, as I lived in the city from 2003 to 2010, and with the exception of pharmaceutical companies in the 'burbs and a fairly small professional sector in Center City Philadelphia it is by no means a major player in the nation's job market. The City of Philadelphia is massive and it's unemployment rate is nearly 11%. If one is attending school in the area most likely one is attending school at one of the three colleges in town (Temple, Drexel, Penn, LaSalle or St Joe's) and therefore stuck looking for work within the city, not 30 minutes out in the suburbs at the end of (or out of reach of) public transit.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:18 PM
 
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The OP does not have the education or job experience yet. He wants to "get into IT' and his girlfriend wants to start law school. Philadelphia is not the city to go into for a part-time job while attending school or entry level IT positions. It's unemployment rate reflects a lack of full time jobs and particularly if one doesn't have the experience. It's cost of living is no bargain either if one isn't well compensated in their job. I know, as I lived in the city from 2003 to 2010, and with the exception of pharmaceutical companies in the 'burbs and a fairly small professional sector in Center City Philadelphia it is by no means a major player in the nation's job market. The City of Philadelphia is massive and it's unemployment rate is nearly 11%. If one is attending school in the area most likely one is attending school at one of the three colleges in town (Temple, Drexel, Penn, LaSalle or St Joe's) and therefore stuck looking for work within the city, not 30 minutes out in the suburbs at the end of (or out of reach of) public transit.
There's clearly something going on between you and this region. I'm not looking to get involved in it, but I point out your multiple self-contradictions and your constantly shifting arguments that you are clearly having some emotions involved with your opinion here.
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