I live in New Orleans and the economy is booming here right now, which was predicted in the 3-5 years following Katrina. Most places are complaining of not having enough employees, especially the refineries. They run 24/7, so when they don't have enough employees, they cannot refine as much oil which leads to a shortage in the market and higher prices.
I am a teacher and we are also having a teacher shortage right now. My classes in the fall will be bigger than they ever have been because we cannot find enough good English teachers at the high school level. I work for the highest paying parish in the state and we got a $7,500 raise last year!
I feel for those who are struggling right now. I know I am blessed to be living where I am. We thought about moving right after the storm and decided to stay because we felt like we needed to. We were born and raised here and did not want to cut and run when things were down. Now we are being rewarded for sticking it out when we did.
My husband powder-coat paints lawn mowers (the big expensive ones).
My BIL lost his job of 12 years the end of December, and more than a few neighbors, friends and parents of our kids' friends have/are in the process of losing their jobs.
ALL manufacturing jobs...mostly automotive, but some aren't. We're in the Ohio/Michigan area.
So, I don't know anyone who's LOST their job, but I know a few people who can't really find work.
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Me. After 21 years I was layed off Friday. Company layed off 50 and many more to come. I had been with the Company literally half my life, but I did expect to be layed off. I think we'll be fine though. Good severance, etc.
I only know one person that was laid off this year and she works now at the company I work for. I have known people, including myself, that have had real problems finding full-time work again once they have been laid off. I consider myself very lucky to have this job.
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Everyone else that I know that has changed jobs (and I know quite a few) have done it voluntarily. I even know a few that took second jobs a year or two ago and are now quitting them.
They told them all yesterday to bring a box with them to work. I thought that was kind of callous.
Not anyone yet.
My brother was unemployed for a while when a popular local bookstore shut down (accounting position) but no one since. Most of my friends are in management and upper management positions, VPs, an attorney, professor a grad student, body worker, local cafe positions and my mother is an RN but I'm not sure how much this has to do with their job security at this point.
My job is cutting everyone back and paying less. Reps are dropping like flies because they don't want to pay enough to make the job worth having.
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I work in social services (luckily an agency with a very large endowment and strong foundation support that is not going anywhere) and some of the families we serve have had their hours cut at low wage service industry jobs. Stands to reason that people are eating out less and buying less frivolous stuff like lattes. Still, no newly unemployed workers that I serve. Some are unemployed but have been so for a long time or have personal issues that prevent them from working at this time. The economy is not great, but for whatever reason the job market has been pretty decent here, at least in my demographic. I know Qwest and Boeing have both let people go here, but I don't know these people personally. Most of my friends are in medicine, teaching, engineering, computers, gov't/politics or law. I do know one person who has closed his bakery cafe 1 day a week because he could not sell enough to make it worth opening 6 days a week, so now he opens 5 days a week. Still doing well $$ wise, ends up making the same in 5 days as he did in 6. Another friend took a job to advance his career pretty far away from here (he moved an hour north so his commute would not kill him) but that was more to get the next step up on his resume in a hard field (journalism) than economic necessity.
Though, more than layoffs I wonder about attrition. I think some employers just are not hiring replacements when someone leaves on their own...
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