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Old 01-09-2009, 02:23 AM
 
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I'm thinking of relocating to Houston in February from SW Florida looking for work. I'm a general laboror and looking for anything in construction, a factory, or a warehouse. My question is, is the move worth it? I've heard that Houston's job market has cooled since the financial crash, so as of January '09 is there still plenty of work, or am I wasting my time?

Also, I'll be on the bus to start, and as I understand the buses don't really run outside the loop, so generally speaking is there more work in the loop or outside the loop?

Thanks
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:17 AM
 
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Smile There is still work here

Actually though your best chance is not inside the loop. or even inside the beltway. Your best chances are on the fringes of town where they are expanding.

In these areas a lot of new businesses and services are going up and need help. Also a lot of new homeowners are looking to improve on their homes and need people to help.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Houston
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I saw it on TV yesterday. Texas unemployment rate was 1% ( so Tx about 6.2 if I remember right) below the nation's unemployment rate and Houston even lower at 5.5%.

I'm not sure about the numbers for Florida or your particular location but I think it should be higher. So it's not that bad here...yet.

The buses do go beyond the Beltway 8. But it's going to take quite some time to get anywhere. Nothing I would recommend (at all).
Unless to move into an area that has plenty of the jobs you are looking for available. Taking the bus for long distance trips is still a bad idea. Has improved over the years, though.
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Old 01-09-2009, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I have come on this forum several times complaining and expressing my disgust for the insurance companies either blowing people off or paying a fraction of the value for storm damage.

I been taking the 2 hour drive to Galveston more often of late as my store is being built. I am seeing more and more and more homeowners starting to get insurance checks and starting to spend.

You are dead right on about the job market puttering here since the financial collapse. And that is in every single field, not just construction. The colapse is even affecting volunteer agencies but in a good way. You can not even get a volunteer job at the animal shelter these days. They have more help then they need. I guess many unemployed just want to do something to keep busy. This is a great thing !

You will have to do some leg work but go look around Galveston. There is almost no jobs advertised there in any media because the locals dont want what they call Storm Chasers to invade their island. Too late.....they already have. You can also check out Kemah. They got more damage then Galveston and they seemed to have started the rebuild first too. But again, very few jobs are advertised. You have to be here. You have to meet people and make a friend. Once your in your in. You will never be without work if you have some contacts. It's kinda like a closely guarded clich you might say.

Hope that helps.
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:54 AM
 
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I hate to be all gloom and doom here but this article by the chron isnt good news. Seems like Houston streak will come to an end.

Houston losing luster after spending '08 as top producer | Front page | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
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Old 01-10-2009, 04:16 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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Actually though your best chance is not inside the loop. or even inside the beltway. Your best chances are on the fringes of town where they are expanding.

In these areas a lot of new businesses and services are going up and need help. Also a lot of new homeowners are looking to improve on their homes and need people to help.
I actually believe his best chances are inside the Beltway, as this part of town is becoming more attractive. Suburbs across America are losing their "hotness" and the city has become more attractive. Therefore, a lot of construction projects. There are still projects under construction, new rail lines soon to be under construction, etc., inside the Beltway. I'd look here before the suburbs.
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Katy, Texas (via Clearwater, Florida)
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I hate to be all gloom and doom here but this article by the chron isnt good news. Seems like Houston streak will come to an end.

Houston losing luster after spending '08 as top producer | Front page | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
Yikes! My luck! I am literally packing boxes to move to Houston for better jobs. Thank goodness my wife got a job there first.
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:02 PM
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Houston is faring better than the rest of the country, but if oil keeps going lower or remain at a low price, you can see more layoffs...just my opinion.
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:25 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses, everybody. I read that Huston Chronicle article, I'm going to call some labor agencies in Houston to see if they're still hiring, depending on what they say I'll leave in Feb for Houston, or not.

Anyone know any good, large labor agencies I could call?
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I would stay optimistic about Houston, this city has always fared well amongst the poor economic situation. I guarantee you'll be able to find something here. The Chron is somewhat on point but dropping fuel prices wont hurt us that much. Whats happening at my company is that we are slowing up on drilling new wells (natural gas engineer) and maximizing production from the ones we have. We still have several hundred miles of land to drill and purchasing will continue mid next year. This is the case for many exploration and production companies. What type of pay are you aiming for? I may be able to help or atleast point you in the right direction.
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