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Old 02-20-2011, 08:00 PM
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Hi all,
We live in PA where my hubby earns about $18/hour working in a manufacturing environment (large printing company)...he doesnt have a college education, but he has a lot of common sense, good work ethic, excellent references, and 15 yrs of experience to bring to the table. We would LOVE to move to the Tampa area...we are coming down in March to look at the area, but so far I seem to like Pinellas county. Are there a lot of manufacturing-type companies in Tampa or within maybe 45ish minutes of Tampa? If so, what might an average starting pay be for non-management? Is it totally unrealistic to think that he would start out making anything close to what he makes now? We have small children and I plan to homeschool, so I won't be working anytime soon....so we would need to live on his income (which we are able to do just fine here). I've looked around a little bit online, and I've seen some jobs for like $10/hr, but they seem like they would be for someone who doesnt have as strong of a background as my husband does....and we could not live on 10/hr anyway. He would also be open to other blue collar jobs that are higher paying if anyone has any suggestions.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:37 PM
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I don't have a lot of experience with manufacturing. So I can only provide second hand info. There doesn't seem to be a lot of manufacturing in the area. Furthermore, I'm not sure if the companies that are here, would pay any more than $18 an hour. The unemployment rate here is high. And there are lots of competition for that work. I would suggest during your visit you visit several manufacturing companies for a visit. Have an informal talk with HR or whoever. Find out how they are doing.

On the positive side, Pinellas County is a great place to live. The weather is great. The summers are really humid. Lots of outdoor activities in the area. There are several different areas with different price ranges for rent/buy. If you're buying a house, there are many foreclosures to choose from.

Good luck on your move if it happens.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:24 PM
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My only advice is...have a job before you move here.
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