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Old 03-04-2010, 09:51 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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With its unemployment rate soaring, the Charlotte region is attracting fewer newcomers. Migration to the Queen City from out of state slowed 20% in 2008 and likely fell more last year

As jobless rate surges, flood of newcomers slows - CharlotteObserver.com (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/03/04/1287176/as-jobless-rate-surges-flood-of.html - broken link)
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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I do not see this as a cause of alarm, this could also be a good thing as well, the less people moving in could mean that we can get caught up on improving our infrastructure and diversifying the economy, among other things. It is just the the state of the economy right now. What major large city or region does not have 10% plus unemployment right now. You would have to go to Montana to find that. Things will get better, I just hope it is SOON! Charlotte is an attractive place and a lot of people may not agree with me, but I happen to like its newness factor, that it doesn't resemble those old looking rustbelt cities. Charlotte is still growing, maybe not in pre 2008 numbers, but people are still moving in. I have several friends from up north and Ohio and they say all the time they would much rather live down here than those places they came from up north, especially when it gets cold and it snows all the time. They even say that people will continue to move down here b/c of that fact. This is just a minor setback, and a lot of people on here have said they expect things to slow down a bit, but it will turn around. Charlotte will be robust again, it will not end up like another Detroit or Cleveland, Ohio by any means!
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:39 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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I see this as a cause for celebration. The only reason anyone needs to move here in the foreseeable future is if they were transferred with a job, own a business and want to start one here, or are retired. Otherwise, our unemployment is terrible and further . . . we didn't have the infrastructure to support all the people who were already here b/f the bottom fell out of the economy in 2008.

Having more people does NOT make Charlotte a better place to live; having more JOBS will make Charlotte a better place to live.
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Old 03-04-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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This is just a minor setback, ....
Hmm. This is the first time I have heard the present economic situation described in such terms.
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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People go where the jobs are.....
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:44 PM
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Location: Charlotte, NC
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what region isn't attracting fewer newcomers lately? People don't have the money to move.
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:23 PM
 
Location: S. Charlotte
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There's just something about that snow and yucky winter up north that makes people want to run away

I expect people to keep coming. Hopefully they will start filling up the empty houses in the area. Maybe new businesses they will start.
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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There's just something about that snow and yucky winter up north that makes people want to run away

I expect people to keep coming. Hopefully they will start filling up the empty houses in the area. Maybe new businesses they will start.
Like its been said many times, people will not come here unless they can sell their homes where they are now....

It used to be no problem, since the housing market is dead though, many can't move...
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:53 PM
 
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Hmm. This is the first time I have heard the present economic situation described in such terms.
I just made a specific reference to what's going on in Charlotte, not the entire worldwide economy, to me, it is is minor setback for Charlotte, and things will turn around once the economy gets better. ani, you're right, I think attracting more jobs to the Charlotte is better, they've added some jobs, but not enough to make a sizable dent in the unemployment numbers.
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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I just made a specific reference to what's going on in Charlotte, not the entire worldwide economy, to me, it is is minor setback for Charlotte, and things will turn around once the economy gets better. ani, you're right, I think attracting more jobs to the Charlotte is better, they've added some jobs, but not enough to make a sizable dent in the unemployment numbers.
I woke up in the middle of the night two nights ago and wish I had known what I was watching on TV - cause I went back to sleep and didn't check it out at the time. But there were some execs speaking (like a round table) and they were talking about how the American spirit was so resilient - how we are up to the challenges of creating new businesses to get folks back to work.

It made me feel good to hear people discussing job creation, cause I do believe that is what will happen here in Charlotte. The workforce is just too darn talented and educated not to do otherwise! Even if the big corporations don't show up to provide us with jobs, I truly believe folks will create new jobs on their own. I just believe in us all that much.
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