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Old 04-01-2007, 09:47 PM
 
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I am a carpenter from Michigan, Ill tell you what ive been layed off for some time and I cant find a job anywhere. Ive considered North Carolina as a place to re locate due to the high growth I figured the demand for homes and building would be high. So I was wondering how is the construction down there and where is it booming the most?

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Corey
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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I am a carpenter from Michigan, Ill tell you what ive been layed off for some time and I cant find a job anywhere. Ive considered North Carolina as a place to re locate due to the high growth I figured the demand for homes and building would be high. So I was wondering how is the construction down there and where is it booming the most?

Thanks Guys

Corey
Well, in the Charlotte area check out the south end of Mecklenburg county and the north end. Also, Union county right next door to south Charlotte. In the Raleigh area one of the big boom places for housing continues to be Cary. I have no doubt you would have your pick of jobs once you make some contacts. Good luck!
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:10 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I agree with the above poster those areas are booming and will be for a good 10 years at least. If you know the spanish language or take classes to learn it will be an added bonus for a shoe in.
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Old 04-02-2007, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I am a carpenter from Michigan, Ill tell you what ive been layed off for some time and I cant find a job anywhere. Ive considered North Carolina as a place to re locate due to the high growth I figured the demand for homes and building would be high. So I was wondering how is the construction down there and where is it booming the most?
Seems like a lot of opportunity out here in RDU. Lots of renovations going on too in the Raleigh area (and hopefully Durham, too). Of course, you can always partner up with someone who is buying homes for conversion once renovated. That could make you a good sideline income (if not a full-time). However, there are a lot of poor carpenters out here, so align yourself with the best if you can (providing that quality - done on time within budget - is your top priority). I'm finding that some carpenters do take their time, however. On all levels of business. Coming from me, a person who wants everything done yesterday.
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:48 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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There is work but from what I've seen it doesn't pay well. The Latinos are doing a huge portion of it and they work cheap which lowers the overall economy. Builders are getting very rich though if you want to try your hand at ownership.
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:33 PM
 
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Default Carpenters and construction jobs

Thanks to the massive influx of illegal immigrant labor American carpenters and construction workers will soon be a thing of the past. An earlier post said learn Spanish to work as a carpenter-makes no sense.
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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It simply comes down to money. Greed. And the willingness of people to perform a job at lower rates. Unfortunately, immigrants will work a low wages and business owners are willing to take advantage of such eagerness. A catch 22, but one that neither group should subscribe. But they do. And, thus, the end of the middle class as we know it. What a shame.

On the other hand, we live in a country of opportunity where any person of skill can take the initiative, align themselves with others (if they cannot manage the entire process), and develop a thriving going concern. Who knows how long that will last here in this country, but opportunities abound for the ambitious.
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Old 04-02-2007, 07:24 PM
 
Location: East central NC
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A skilled carpenter can make a decent living in NC. You have to get in with a good outfit like anywhere else. The best idea might be to come in prepared to contract out your specialty. All the builders have their subs they use and you will need to make contacts...you might try opening your own general home repair business and hook up with the chamber of commerce or builder's association. Another thought is running a landscaping/grass cutting crew while you network. Start up costs are fairly reasonable and the season is upon us.

One good thing, the weather might be a pleasant surprise for you, especially in the mountains.

There are so many aspects of carpentry/building that it is sort of hard to advise. If you are used to union scale wages you are in for a shock...which is why ownership/running your own crew is worth the risk.
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