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Old 09-10-2009, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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How is the Houston Job Market now?

I got laid off Aug 15th, 2008 and couldn't get a job in Houston in 6 months so I moved back to Chicago. At least I missed this year's horrible hot summer!

Are you looking for a job in Houston? What are you looking for and how are the job bites?
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Thought it was stabilizing but Shell is laying off and Valero is idling plants. Most places are in a hiring freeze through the end of the year.
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Not where I want to be
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Between just two of the hospitals that I looked at online, there are 221 jobs available. The medical field is booming.
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Bellaire)
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Hopefully it will pick up next year.
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Maybe medical is good but engineering looks bad with oil... maybe NASA stuff has winded down too... Good thing I moved back to Chicago to live rent free with parents.
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Fulshear
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Maybe medical is good but engineering looks bad with oil... maybe NASA stuff has winded down too... Good thing I moved back to Chicago to live rent free with parents.
What job field are you in?
Living rent-free with the parents might be good for now, but its not exactly a long-term plan.
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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What job field are you in?
Living rent-free with the parents might be good for now, but its not exactly a long-term plan.
I look 4 Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Designer, and Technical Writer jobs. I have a BSME with 5.75 years experience.

Maybe it's even tough to get a Walmart or Starbucks or McDonalds job in Houston now?
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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With school starting back up I'm sure companies will begin hiring again soon if not already. Before the holidays is also a good time to look. You obviously were here & got laid off at the wrong time.

Let us know how Chicago works out for you.
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Chicago is working fine past 6 month my unemployment didn't go to rent and utilities but to 4 nice bmx freestyle bikes. I will inherit the Chicago home but not all the good jobs are in Chicago. So while my aunt and mom live I will do a good job almost nationwide. Houston is mostly Oil & Nasa and when that's down you gotta look elsewhere. But I'm hurting at 55 weeks unemployed...
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I do know anything even remotely related to the construction industry is going backwards. Unemployment among construction workers is more then 80%.

I sometimes get sick of all the phone calls coming in looking for work. Did they ever hear of showing up in person? Anyway I feel bad for everyone who is hurting. Things are so bad out there. This is the worse economic depression since 1929 and it ain't getting better in any near future.

I have not looked in the sunday paper in a while but one year ago this month the Sunday paper jobs classified were 25 pages long. Last time I looked it was 4 pages and 3 of them were Engineering jobs.

The only good thing that has come out of this economic depression is most of the illegal aliens have gone home. There ain't no work here for them so they might as well be with their families.
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