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Old 06-26-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Many people don't move to those places because the cost of moving is expensive, and most companies have so many applicants they don't need to offer re-location assistance like they used to. In my case, I've been out of work for awhile, and would love to move, but our house won't sell in this area however. My husband has a great job, so I keep looking here, but it's not happening. We also have kids, so it's harder to pick up and move. If you are single, no house, and no kids, it seems it would be much easier to pick up and move. It's a liitle more challenging with those however.
Also agree it's the locations themselves. I think my Mom's hometown of Fargo ND is on one of those lists. Other than hearing her talk about how there is nothing out there, I've never heard anything about it.
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Key West
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Right now, many people are scared of relocating due to the fact there are very few places not in the tank economically. Many feel that the economy is not going to get better any time soon so rather than move elsewhere (which costs alot of money that most don't have) they would rather just stay put and tough it out
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:21 PM
 
Location: USA
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Right now, many people are scared of relocating due to the fact there are very few places not in the tank economically. Many feel that the economy is not going to get better any time soon so rather than move elsewhere (which costs alot of money that most don't have) they would rather just stay put and tough it out
Wise advice The ones I would suspect as most likely to move are those people who feel at this point they've absolutely nothing to lose. Best wishes to those of you.

I dream all the time about relocation, mostly out of boredom with these familiar surroundings and being a little bit adventuresome. But since wife is finishing up the last few years of teaching and daughter is near entering college, it just really doesn't make sense. Probably better at this point to stay grounded since I'm well over 50 and health problems now. Yet I still dream....
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Many of you are committing one basic economic fallacy...

Low unemployment does NOT mean there are lots of jobs...it means fewer people are losing their jobs.

Cities like Iowa City, IA, State College, PA, Madison, WI and other areas with university, government or healthcare dominated economies always have low unemployment. Simply put, all of the major employers are institutions that don't lay people off. That doesn't mean they are hiring and that doesn't mean it's easy to find a job.

I know Penn State University has a hiring freeze. But State College, PA unemployment is still crazy low. I don't know about the University of Iowa but I'd take a gander it's probably pretty similar. It is deathly hard to find a job in a college town where the major employer is only doing a little hiring or none at all, especially if everyone you are competing with are recent graduates from said university or other people who have university connections.

The question at hand is not invalid, but do not correlate low unemployment with job growth, job opportunities or ease of finding a job.
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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Good point. Iowa City and Amarillo, TX are not places that I would ever consider relocating to, even if I found myself unemployed. If it was not for the internet, how would I know those cities even existed, lol???
How about that subject in school (in some anyway) called geography? Failing that there is always the basic skill called awareness. The world as we know is changing, ask the multitude of "east coast elitists" riding unemployment benefits in their geographic ignorance bliss. I wonder if their geographic IQ will increase a bit as said unemployment benefits dry up after 26 months. LOL LOL LOL chuckle.
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:54 PM
 
Location: St Louis County, MO
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I have members of my extended family who wouldn't dream of moving from the area they grew up in. It's all they know and it's where they intend to stay. They'd rather downgrade to a worse job than move to get a better one.
Same here...my entire family, in fact.
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:18 PM
 
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How about that subject in school (in some anyway) called geography? Failing that there is always the basic skill called awareness. The world as we know is changing, ask the multitude of "east coast elitists" riding unemployment benefits in their geographic ignorance bliss. I wonder if their geographic IQ will increase a bit as said unemployment benefits dry up after 26 months. LOL LOL LOL chuckle.
I say just let those "East Coast Elitists" stay in their ignorant bliss, rather than moving en masse to some place where people can actually get jobs without some "internal connections" or "special favors" and end up ruining it for the rest of us. Besides, the places where I'm looking to relocate (once I have a job in that city) have a huge amount of Californian transplants as is, and I can see myself tolerating them a lot better than some MA/NY/NJ/MD/Eastern PA transplant any day of the week.
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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I thinnk many of those places have low unemployment simply because people are leaving them to find work elsewhere. In any case I imagine it is difficult to get people to relocate to them, because they are in the middle of nowhere. The top rated major city on the list is Dallas, and it's at 99
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:12 AM
 
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I thinnk many of those places have low unemployment simply because people are leaving them to find work elsewhere. In any case I imagine it is difficult to get people to relocate to them, because they are in the middle of nowhere. The top rated major city on the list is Dallas, and it's at 99
Yes, I've seen a number of excuses since first posting, some legitimate, but there's no doubt many are simply unwilling to move because of this 'middle of nowhere' attitude but don't want to admit it, preferring to use another excuse instead. Just food for thought the next time one sees the unemployment statistics.
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:32 AM
 
Location: IN
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Yes, I've seen a number of excuses since first posting, some legitimate, but there's no doubt many are simply unwilling to move because of this 'middle of nowhere' attitude but don't want to admit it, preferring to use another excuse instead. Just food for thought the next time one sees the unemployment statistics.
A city like Amarillo really is "in the middle of nowhere" in a literal and figurative sense. This is not a feeling just shared by bicoastal people, but many others from all over the US. Iowa City, on the other hand, is in a much more favorable geographic location and does not feel as isolated in my opinion. It has easier access to the Chicagoland area as well as Des Moines.
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