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Old 05-03-2011, 07:10 AM
 
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Hoping the news I hear from some of you good folks is positive...I want to move home to Eaton County or Lansing area sometime this summer. I have been researching realtor sites looking for a home as well as seeing what kind of job prospects I can get...
I formerly posted a couple years back and got "NO! THERE'S NOTHING HERE!"...I am hoping time has remotely healed a wound and that things are looking up
I am looking forward to finally getting back home! Can anybody tell me what the job situation looks like for structural welders(15+ years expierience)?
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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Can't tell you much about the job prospects as I am too far removed -- but, from talking to my father, sister and family all living in the Lansing area (Ingham & Eaton Cos) along with friends in the area, jobs can still be scarce. A lot of businesses in the Lansing area have closed or are struggling.

On the flip side, real estate has dropped in cost.
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
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I don't know anything at all about that particular industry... but the job market here in general is still pretty slim. Do you have a degree? With 15 years of experience and fantastic references, you may have a good shot. I constantly hear about how there aren't enough "qualified employees," but I think most businesses are being too picky simply because they can be. I checked the Michigan Works website (am I allowed to say that?) for welder/welding keywords within 35 miles of Lansing, and found 2 pages of openings... Go to their website and maybe check out temp agencies - that seems to be where most of the industrial-type jobs go to look for employees. Temp to hire is popular with businesses.
Not to get your hopes up, but I know GM is talking about doing some hiring in Michigan... I'm just saying...
And I don't know what you're used to making, but wages may be lower here than you're used to. I find that many of my friends/family from out of state are surprised by the dropping wages. But as the previous poster said, housing prices are pretty fantastic so that makes up for the difference a little bit.
Hope that helped.
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