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Old 07-06-2009, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Redneck Hell Lucedale, Ms
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Hello everyone!
Me and my family lived in Norfolk off of Little Creek road from 90 to Jan. 09. We moved away from there because last couple of jobs I had were low on work and Laid me off. No not fired! Is there any plumbing companies up there hiring again? Any input would be appreciated! Down here in Mississippi can't find a darn thing! Oh got a job at the local Dominoes pizza joint. I found out that once they find out your from out of town here especially from the North they will not hire you. And unfortunately thats a dead give away being thay when you fill out an application you have to put down the last place of employment. Needless to say we Are having a very bad time down here and are currently having to sell things just to make it. Our credit is shot to !^@* and back. And ofcourse going to have to find a place to stay up there, that is my next question. Any suggestions?
Allen
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Why did you go to Mississippi in search of work? You could have picked about 49 other states and made a better decision.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Redneck Hell Lucedale, Ms
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My wifes mom told us that we should have no problem finding a job down here and we became dilussional due to the dillemma we were having there.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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My wifes mom told us that we should have no problem finding a job down here and we became dilussional due to the dillemma we were having there.

I can understand that. Financial problems can force you in to brisk and rash decisions.

Its times like those that I wish people would simply be honest about where they live instead of trumping them up with some sort of home town zealotry and leading desperate people down bad paths.

For instance, on this board, people paint this area out to be great. Its not. Thats a fact. They will jump all over the people that try to spread the truth.

Any how, I cant help you much as for finding plumbing work, but I can tell you that skilled construction trades, outside of shipboard ones, are paid below the national average here. I actually discovered that last week while discussing another issue on this board. Additionally, Hampton Roads growth, outside of Suffolk, has pretty much ground to a halt, which means new construction is likely not going to pick up for a long while, and most work to be had will be in renovation, which nobody is doing in this economy.

That would lead me to believe that Hampton Roads is probably below average nationally for serious prospects in construction. Personal story, my mom hired a very talented contractor who was skilled in almost all levels of construction to redo the rental house I am sitting in right now about a year ago. He did an excellent job. He is now working part time at Home Depot.

Two places that seem fairly interesting to me for construction are Texas (which is in a perpetual state of growth, has a low cost of living in many places, and never "overbuilt" like Phoenix, south Florida or Las Vegas) and the Seattle area, which has a few surprisingly affordable suburbs that a construction salary may be able to achieve a decent standard of living.

What is awesome about Seattle is that almost 50% of the pop has a bachelors degree, and there is a positive growth, which means that they probably have a continuous need for non-degreed labor of many kinds. Most folks with a computer science degree dont want to pick up a hammer, its that simple.
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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I have family and friends in the construction industry in various places in the US and Canada, and they ALL say that their usual business is very slow to non-existent. They have been downsized from home builders and remodelers to doers of odd jobs.

On the boards in most locales ( not just Hampton Roads ), the locals seem to resent anyone pointing out the perceived flaws of the place, preferring instead to make the place seem like a bed of roses. The most helpful information is generally a list of the pros and cons instead of focusing exclusively on either side of the coin. The opinions of those who focus only on one side or the other are likely to be carry little wieght because no one is stupid enough to believe that any one place is ALL positive or ALL negative. It's always a mix of the two. On top of that little bit of common sense, it's important to recognize that EVERYTHING expressed on these boards is someones opinion. Take it ALL with a bag of salt. Spend time in the area where you'd like to live and form your OWN opinions based on your experience there, because YOUR opinion is the only one that matters.
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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Hello everyone!
Me and my family lived in Norfolk off of Little Creek road from 90 to Jan. 09. We moved away from there because last couple of jobs I had were low on work and Laid me off. No not fired! Is there any plumbing companies up there hiring again? Any input would be appreciated! Down here in Mississippi can't find a darn thing! Oh got a job at the local Dominoes pizza joint. I found out that once they find out your from out of town here especially from the North they will not hire you. And unfortunately thats a dead give away being thay when you fill out an application you have to put down the last place of employment. Needless to say we Are having a very bad time down here and are currently having to sell things just to make it. Our credit is shot to !^@* and back. And ofcourse going to have to find a place to stay up there, that is my next question. Any suggestions?
Allen
Your best bet is to check with the local shipyards in Hampton Roads, depending on where in Mississippi you are you could check with the shipyards along the coast down there also
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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If you're younger than 42 you can join the Army.
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Jackson, MS
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Allen, you should have known better than moving to a town of less than 3,000 people and expecting more job opportunities than Norfolk...
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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Your best bet is to check with the local shipyards in Hampton Roads, depending on where in Mississippi you are you could check with the shipyards along the coast down there also
They are closing shipyards in Texas. I would suggest coming back here and applying. NGNN and NNSY's are hiring.
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:53 PM
 
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They are closing shipyards in Texas. I would suggest coming back here and applying. NGNN and NNSY's are hiring.
I was thinking more along the lines of Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula Mississippi, they employee more then 10K people
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