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Old 01-01-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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Costs less to live in Wv...
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Old 01-01-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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Costs less to live in Wv...
The new average pay rates for a federal employee is $70,000 a year and just thought since it's the federal govt you would make the same average no matter where you live. It's the same government! lol
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:14 PM
 
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When the FBI came here in 1993, their starting wage was $19,500...and nobody from DC would come here.

It's a trade off that most every employer makes...'give them jobs...give them jobs....

Yes, at minimum...and they go for the jobs because a job is a job...

In the late 80's our unemployment rate was in the 30% range...any job then held individual respect...

What the government did to West Virginia was wait until everyone had gone bankrupt .....then they brought in the jobs...remember that Security Clearance????

Well a 'bad Credit Rating prevents a person from getting one of those jobs...and most of the locals had bad credit ratings by then...lost a car...lost a home...or tossed the credit cards...

In the southern part of the state where the coal mines had been shut down, men would bring the mining equiptment out of the mines and cut it up for junk...(those machines were worth millions)

They guarded those sites with their deer rifles and dared anybody to come around.

Then to get cash, they burned down their homes, trailers and vehicles...for several years insurance companies would not insure property in those counties...
The entire state was rated and everybody had to pay higher insurance premiums...
I bought our insurance from an Ohio Company as our Wv companies were on moritoriums.

Yes...you are right and we will see it very soon...it's the same government....lol
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:22 AM
 
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Fellow came into the office yesterday, mentioned the 2,000 jobs that would be going into the ISR building and the stunner...

That a new 19 story office building will be going up in Fairmont...on the site of the condemmed state welfare building on Adams street...

I asked him...that's a lot of building to build on sand...(that entire town is built on sand and it's falling apart because of water leaks)

He said that was the plan to help vitalize Fairmont...B & O tax and Permits Fees...will be in the millions for their city coffers...

At least its not a casino...lol

If this local infrastructure keeps expanding we may be able to replace the projected coal mine job loss for our region.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:24 AM
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The GS payscale is all the same, however there is an additional locality pay factored in. You get paid more if you live in DC, Boston, L.A., etc.. WV is lumped into 'Rest of the U.S.' for locality adjustments (COLA).

http://www.opm.gov/oca/10tables/indexGS.asp

http://www.opm.gov/oca/10tables/pdf/saltbl.pdf
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Old 03-06-2010, 01:58 AM
 
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Stats are in: 10% Unemployment Rate in the state...

Good side? 1500 teachers have retired in January...Opening the door for new hirees.

Bad side (for my profession): 141 Wv building contractors did not stay in business.
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Old 03-06-2010, 01:10 PM
 
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A vendor at todays Trade Show said the unemployment rate in Morgantown was still 3.5%.
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Old 03-09-2010, 11:45 PM
 
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I have been looking at the proposed 25,000 acre development near Oak Hill for the Boy Scouts High Adventure site.
300,000 scouts are expected for the National Jamboree in 2013.
The World Jamboree is scheduled for 2019;
Bechtel Corp has donated 50 million to get things started.

This will mean 200,000 additional tourists coming into Wv each year.

Camp Mountaineer in Morgantown (1200 acres) is grooming itself as a way-station of sorts for campers coming in a day or two earlier and then moving on to Oak Hill as their reservation arrives.

This will mean an excellent venue of quality, character and tremendous revenue for the southern part of our state..

Out of 32 states and over 80 sites...Wv was chosen...We deserved this international and national recognition...Good for us!
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:22 PM
 
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Stats are in: 10% Unemployment Rate in the state...

Good side? 1500 teachers have retired in January...Opening the door for new hirees.

Bad side (for my profession): 141 Wv building contractors did not stay in business.
Sorry to see 141 contractors out of business, but isn't that related to a market correcting itself from excess (that should have been obvious to all as it was happening)? Does the word bubble not make y'all cringe to hear it yet? Doesn't anyone have a healthy sense of fear of tulip mania?
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:39 PM
 
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Sorry, HB...the market corrected itself, primarily in the NOVA area...about 18 months ago with a severe reduction in workers.

The bubble was there and everybody in that area is still crying...I don't feel any bubble existed in other parts of Wv.

What's happening is this...cash reserves have been diminished with 'Debt Load service.

Not enough sales have been made to offset the negative market.

In Morgantown, a friend restructured his business last spring, let everybody expendable go...reduced 12 new homes 100k to get them off the books and is still in business. I hope he makes it.

This year has been very marginal...at best.

One big bulider, who is on the verge of bankruptcy is offering a crazy incentive....but what choice do they have...either stimulate business or go down the drain.

Another thing that is hampering the market is the Federal 25% cash down required by the banks....thats 50k + on the average build and last year 20k would do the job.

In Wv, we don't have 141 building contractors to sacrifice...

In my area, you can count the builders still in business on one hand.
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