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Old 08-23-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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Hello all,

I am thinking of moving to the Allentown area (not center city, though) in about a year, and I was wondering what the job situation was like. I'm not looking for exact figures and details, but just a general idea. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being worst, how would you rate the overall employment prospects?

I've been a public-school teacher in the past in Northern Virginia, where I currently live, so I am thinking of subbing in the LV. I also have a background in publishing and editing, though not extensive. I tend toward office work more than menial labor.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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I must say the job market looks grim in the Lehigh Valley. There has been massive lay-off of teachers in the Lehigh Valley, particularly in Easton Area and Bethlehem Area School District. Publishing industry is doing poorly in general according to my friend who works for a small publisher in New York. The job market in IT field has been tough as well. One of my husband's former colleagues has been unemployed for almost a year now and the other was out of work until he got retired only as a short-term contractor. I don't think we'll see any improvement in the job situation for another year.

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Old 09-15-2010, 02:02 PM
 
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most of my friends back in allentown, that are my age, don't have full time work unless they are nurses or in some kind of non-union manufacturing.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:11 PM
 
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I would agree that the job outlook in the Lehigh Valley is pretty bad. Almost everyone I know commutes into NJ to work and I know a few that go to the philly 'burbs like Bucks County. If you're a teacher, that is a tough profession in PA. PA's state colleges are practically teacher factories, pumping out thousands of teachers every year. The state is overrun with them. I know many, many graduates that can't find a steady job teaching so they leave the state. I'm sure you could do some sub work at a district, but that's not really much to pay your bills.
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