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Old 07-05-2008, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Buffalo NY
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After nearly two years unemployment my husband was finally offered a job in Buffalo, NY. We've been out here for 7 months now and I sure do miss my home state. (we lived in Brighton/Hamburg area but grew up in Detroit and the downriver area)

I am hearing even more horror stories from friends and family at home about the state of the economy in Michigan as well as all the nonsense in Detroit.

Please let me know what is happening.......
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Nothing much. Things are about the same - meaning not good economically. However the weather is perfect (and I am stuck sweltering in Southern California for another week- ugh!).
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:33 AM
 
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Up North everything's going fine. People think Michigan just means Detroit. They can't find enough construction workers in the UP right now. $7 - $800,000 lofts and condos are going up on the Marquette waterfront.

But, I don't think people have as high expectations for living or careers here. People got pretty fat on the union hog downstate.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Buffalo NY
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Up North everything's going fine. People think Michigan just means Detroit. They can't find enough construction workers in the UP right now. $7 - $800,000 lofts and condos are going up on the Marquette waterfront.

But, I don't think people have as high expectations for living or careers here. People got pretty fat on the union hog downstate.
Not everyone ate that hog. And once the auto companies begin the mass layoffs etc.. it doesn't take long for it to affect everything else.

Although I'm surprised that the building of those expensive condo's up north is going on. Sure would like to know who is buying those... especially way up in Marquette! I'm glad though that there is some work somewhere in Michigan. Although even those construction jobs won't last forever.


I read the other day that the state unemployment level is at 8.5%! I sure hope Michigan can pull out of this....

It's a wonderful place to live.
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:42 AM
 
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Well, "way up in Marquette" is not "way up" for people who live here. It's simply "home" just like "way down in Detroit" is home to people who live there.

The Marquette area has a lot of fairly wealthy people living in it. The condos get snatched up pretty quickly - big new mixed use development is going up adjacent to downtown and a number really interesting restaurants opened recently.

The auto industry doesn't have much of anything to do with life up here, except for handouts from the state coffers and perhaps some tourism.
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