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Old 04-09-2009, 02:12 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
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Default What is really going on?

Vermont seems like a nice place to live and I'm prepared for the high cost of living.
With that said, I am worried about finding a job if I came to move there.

I've read things about Vermont losing population and the economy there.
Is the key to growing the economy more people, more companies relocating there, or something else?

What are some industries in Vermont that need workers but are having a hard time recruiting them to the state?
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:31 PM
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Vermont Tiger for some opinions.
High taxes, anti business regulations. No one is hiring and businesses do not move to VT. This has been repeated a bunch here, but in case you missed it: For the prior ten years VT has had zero percent private sector job growth, and last year lost 10,900 jobs. Out of 600,000 residents with one of the oldest demographics in the country. Wages are low and do not reflect the high COL. Regardless of why, the $ situation ain't pretty.
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Old 04-09-2009, 04:44 PM
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Default Depends...

The job situation SUCKS. Plain and simple. It's not just the recession. It's the whole climate of Vermont.(or parts I have been in--maybe it is better in Burlington and around there).

I have 2 degrees, a lot of experience (in education and business) and I can't even get hired for a measly part time job. Even working in a store, supermarket or retail is highly competitive. I also think a lot of times 'local people from here' are favored over anyone from out of state. Again, this is my personal observation. Personally, looking for a job for so long has worn down self esteem.

I have been out of work 7 months. When we first moved here I was out of work 6 months. I have worked a total of 5 months since September 2007!

People travel incredibly far for low wages. I am from NY and the only way you commute 1-2 hours a day is if you are getting big bucks in NYC. Here it is standard practice because of the lack of industry. I know people who commute from where I am (Upper Valley) to Boston because the job situation is so poor.

On the other hand, it's a wonderfully beautiful, peaceful and unique state.
Yes, it sounds bad, but if you have a good job, you will love Vermont. Today while I was driving to the store with my husband I looked at the gorgeous sky and mountains and said, "It's so nice here 3 seasons out of four. I wish it could work out for us."

Unless I get job (soon) it's not.

Most people I speak to are underemployed meaning they are more educated than the job they are doing...it's not unusual to run into cafeteria workers with Bachelor degrees.
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:02 AM
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Stay where you are, unless you want the extreme left agenda shoved down your throat like, gay marriage, anti-Wal-Mart (IE-big business) etc..
I moved to a conservative state and their beliefs are not as "in your face" as the liberal mindset in Vermont.
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