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View Poll Results: Is the Job Market in Los Angeles getting Better?
Yes, much better than last year 2 8.33%
Yes, but slowly 8 33.33%
Nope, It's the same as last year 14 58.33%
Voters: 24. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-05-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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I asked the question is the Job Market in Los Angeles getting better? back in September of 09. I was there looking for jobs and to relocate with no luck. (It was a nice vacation though and I feel in love with the City especially Los Feliz, Silverlake, Hollywood vicinity). I have since then saved up and can now move anywhere comfortably, but definitely need a job first or I will not move. So how is the Job Market as we move into 2010?
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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Where's the choice for "worse than last year"?
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Well people aren't getting laid off left and right like they were last year. Most people that had jobs in June 2009 still have jobs now; some who got laid off last year have returned to the work force, but often in positions that are lower than they were before.

My wife and I know several business owners, and one thing I've noticed is a lot of their core businesses have been break even for several years, but they made so much money on investments (primarily real estate) that their core businesses were more or less an afterthought. There are plenty of businesses out there who were essentially subsidized by a healthy investment market, which has deteriorated. A lot of these businesses will either fail, raise prices or cut costs. A lot of the cost cutting has already happened. There are TONS of people here hoping that real estate returns in favor and are essentially banking on it in order to subsidize either high costs, poorly performing businesses or low wage labor that doesn't match monthly costs.

That said, I know several people who changed jobs in the last half of 2009. But they HAD jobs before that point. It is probably slightly better than one year ago but more or less similar to 9 months ago; companies will, in general, not relocate people here though. Even in good economies they don't usually do that, but certainly not in poor ones. What field you are in is always very relevant to questions like this.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:42 PM
 
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My company and my husband's company (we don't live in LA anymore, but both still have connections with businesses with locations there) have stopped eliminating jobs, and in both cases have actually done some hiring. In some cases people who were previous employees but were still out of work got the "new" jobs. Some of these jobs have also been part-time, which is great news for those looking for PT work, but not ideal for many. I know fewer people who are entirely unemployed, although I still know a number of people who are underemployed. So yes, I'd say it is better than last year, but there's still a long way to go before it's anywhere near back to normal. Last year it was like every week I knew someone who had just lost their job or had their hours reduced; now all the easy cuts (and plenty of the difficult cuts) have been made.
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Old 02-07-2010, 04:32 PM
 
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At least the poll looks a bit better than last year.
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:38 AM
 
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Getting worse by the day, it is bad when police are losing their jobs, now if we could fire our state government starting with the mayor.
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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now if we could fire our state government starting with the mayor.
I'll take it one step farther and fire our federal government starting with Schwarzenegger. We need some real leadership, maybe a retired Air Force Admiral should get in there.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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We need a government that works for the people, not the people working for it. I just hope the sheeple are waking up and realizing that hope and change just are not working.
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