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Old 06-12-2012, 10:02 PM
 
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i'm thinking about moving to los angeles in august. i visited there for several months last year, and it took awhile, but it really grew on me, and now i miss it so much! i live in portland right now, and i love it here, but the lack of ambition of people here my age (late 20's), kills me. there is a lot of talent in portland, but no one seems to want to do anything with it. that's fine for them, i suppose, but i like ambition, i like motivation, i like people who dream of bigger things and actually do something to move toward those bigger things.

anyway, i stayed mostly in hollywood and west hollywood while i was there. hollywood had a weird, almost menacing vibe to it that i didn't really care for. west hollywood will probably be too expensive for me to live in (even with a roommate). what's koreatown like? as far as safety? i love the old apartment buildings in that part of town, but is it mostly immigrants? will a white (gay) guy be safe living there?

also, any thoughts on the job market? i mainly work in the service industry, i still haven't finished a degree. jobs are close to impossible to land in portland these days, is it any easier in la? any advice will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:19 PM
 
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From what I've seen in looking for work in the last few months, the job market in LA sucks and most basic-level office jobs don't pay well at all considering how expensive rents are here. I keep seeing jobs paying like $8 to $10 an hour for office jobs, which would be ok if your rent was like $300, but rents are more like $500 to $800 a month if you're with roommates or have a small studio, and on top of that you need a car to get anywhere, which adds several hundreds of dollars a month to your budget. Frankly employers seem content to pay crappy wages and as a result only attract really uneducated people who don't do a good job. Service/retail jobs probably pay like $9 an hour if you're lucky, probably less. I wouldn't expect to get a good job quickly or easily here. You might want to look into the Bay Area, the tech job market there is really hot so the overall job market is probably easier to deal with. Rents are high but at least employers there tend to pay well, imo wages there are more in line with rents if you're living somewhere like Oakland or Berkeley. San Francisco is way too expensive now though, just within the last year.
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