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Old 07-08-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I hear about all the cuts from someone in the area all the time, but I haven't really noticed people choosing to move away because of cuts in the main industries here. Yet, I hear commentary on those "reliable" media outlets about people losing their jobs and how more and more people are moving away. I have yet to see any changes with the neighbors around me, regardless of what government jobs they have. Has anyone started to consider moving away or noticed some changes in their neighborhoods?

Is it too soon for things like that to happen?
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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The furlough starts this week so we shall see. It certainly will hit the lower GS and WG harder. Combined with rising sale tax, I certainly would think twice about buying any big ticket item these days. More people also suddenly realize that this could be a more permanent/repetitive cut year after year rather than a one time deal.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:10 AM
 
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Except for the lower level GS folks who might be able to transition into a new career field, I doubt the sequester is going to cause federal employees to up and move away. I mean, yes, we are cut one day a week until September 30th, but unless there's a better offer on the table, I'm not seeing people fleeing their jobs.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:57 AM
 
Location: among the clustered spires
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Except for the lower level GS folks who might be able to transition into a new career field, I doubt the sequester is going to cause federal employees to up and move away. I mean, yes, we are cut one day a week until September 30th, but unless there's a better offer on the table, I'm not seeing people fleeing their jobs.
Yep, in order to move you have to have another option.

There might be shuffling around the area, as folks barely able to afford their place move to a lower-cost area, though -- that won't happen unless the furloughs/sequestration become a permanent thing.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:20 AM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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Government is just one piece of the puzzle anymore. Our region enjoys a somewhat dynamic economy of commercial employers and international investors/interests. I think the sequestration will have some impact, but it might be a bit more muted than originally expected.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:01 AM
 
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The sequestration may yet have some impact, but that remains to be seen.

The entire situation has been blown out of proportion by the media for political reasons.
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