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Old 03-19-2007, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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The problem I see with these figures are unemployment recorded, under-employment and recorded unemployment. I suspect these are numbers gleaned from those folks claiming benefits.

New Mexico's figure of 3.8 seems inaccurate by as much as 3 or more percentage points and is probably seriously higher if underemployment is included. Taos (NM) has an unemployment rate of above 6.0; and an underemployment rate that is probably around 10-15%.

But certainly the Mid-west doesn't seem to fair less well than elsewhere.
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Old 03-19-2007, 09:58 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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I also live in the midwest and I don't think they're having any problems. There are places in Michigan and Ohio that have lost factories and are suffering, but as far as any of the area around me, everyone is doing fine. We may have less income then people from the northeast, but our cost of living is also much lower. Anyone who wants to work here can easily find a job. Maybe won't be the best wages, but they at least offer benies. And you can find a very nice home for under 100,000 here. The tax base may sound high in some areas, but since the appraised values of the homes are low, you still won't pay that much in taxes.
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Old 03-19-2007, 12:00 PM
 
Location: 3rd Rock fts
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It is very clear why the Mid-West is in bad shape. The jobs are being out-sourced to cheap labor china. Whatever jobs they keep here will be outsourced to more cheap labor in the form of illegal aliens. The working class has been sold out.

What can you do? First of all get your head out of your butt and stop shopping at Wal Mart/Target as these companies and moved billions of $ over to china along with millions of jobs. Stop buying Nikes who also have moved jobs over to sweat chops. Check your labels and buy American.
I never thought I would agree with the above quote but it's the truth. I've always ranted on about how the overpaid ‘lazy' American worker caused the manufacturing jobs to disappear. Now America's 'Big Business' has gotten viciously greedy & sold out the working class.

Not to worry, the USA will have to get the manufacturing jobs back. Asia got a taste of yuppyism & they want the clean, suit jobs; there are currently 200k engineers in Asia (It might be 200k in China only?).

I also heard that people are traveling overseas to get quality medical treatment because it's too expensive here. The salaries related to the medical industry will also have to down substantially if we are to compete globally. The cash cow situation of real estate employment is also in jeopardy.

In conclusion: The salaries in this country will be relatively low paying everywhere, not just the Midwest, & it's not going to take 30 years to play out.
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Old 03-19-2007, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Motown
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Michigan now has the worst economy in the U.S.
Ours was built on the auto industry which is sinking. And for every one auto industry job lost in Michigan are about 6-10 other jobs lost (service, medical, etc.) because when the biggest employer gets rid of employees, those employees can no longer afford to go to the doctor, go to restaurants, concerts, etc.
We have a huge problem here in Michigan.
But come up here in the summer time. June-September are gorgeous. Travel the coast of Lake Michigan. Go fishing in the rivers in the northern lower peninsula and the U.P.
We'd love to have ya.
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