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post #1 of 10
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A state senate fiscal agency and a prominent private economist both predict Michigan's unemployment rate will soar to between 17 and 20 percent next year. Those are fast approaching depressionary levels !

That doesn't even count those people who are underemployed, work part time, contractors who lost work and cannot GET unemployment, etc.

And here I am looking for anything to pay the bills. And I cannot leave.

(The unadjusted seasonal rate here last month was 13.4 percent.)

The rest of the country is in a terrible funk... and we are pretty much drowning here...

I do plan to go back to school... I am going to either learn about internet marketing or possibly go to the crash-course film industry programs being offered by the local community colleges. I will probably get run over by the stampede of unemployed auto and auto dealer workers though...

Sorry - but I felt the need to share. I have this sick, sad feeling that this state is going to become a welfare state... and those who can leave will do so.. and those w/o the means will be stuck here.

(MODS - if this needs to be moved to IMO - feel free. I am just expressing dismay at the situation here.)
post #2 of 10
That's just horrible! I hope something happens to turn your state around.

I did move this to IMO just because it's a little heavy for the Lounge.
post #3 of 10
I work within the interent/computer related industry and dabble in a little bit of everything. This/these industries are suffering as well, so I really would suggest trying education along the lines of medical or government work-related courses, as those are jobs that will always need filling.
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I work within the interent/computer related industry and dabble in a little bit of everything. This/these industries are suffering as well, so I really would suggest trying education along the lines of medical or government work-related courses, as those are jobs that will always need filling.
Thanks, PJ. Appreciate the advice. I am looking forward to the future.. and would like to find a new way to apply my current skill set - which is writing, editing, communications. I hate to think that my 30 years in this profession isn't worth anything. And of course, there is ageism... age prejudice in the workplace. I have a friend ... same age as me... with a broader set of skills... but also the same field... she keeps getting rejected... gets to second interview ... no go. It's really tough here and she feels, and I agree with her, that age is an issue. That's a whole other rant subject for this sub forum!
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Are you at all interested in working in the health care industry? My ex-wife works at a home for Alzheimer's patients, and though she previously had a bit of one-on-one experience taking care of a head trauma patient, there are all sorts that come through there with little to no experience. The turnover is rather high, which speaks of the fact that they're willing to give most anyone a chance if they demonstrate the responsibility and maturity to handle such a job. It's tough work, and weeds out the slackers pretty quickly!

My ex isn't a CENA or anything, yet she's held in high esteem there. To hear her talk, it's one of those jobs where you don't have to "be somebody" to be somebody, if you know what I mean.

Just a thought. Good luck!
post #6 of 10
This is the problem with building the economy of a state on one industry.

We had the same thing here is the early 80's, when the price of oil crashed and all the drilling stopped. At that time, there were large, 20+ story office buildings that were built, never occupied, and eventually torn down in Houston. You could buy a whole block of houses in Houston (20 houses) that were never occupied, brand new, for the price of one house ($100,000).
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Are you at all interested in working in the health care industry? My ex-wife works at a home for Alzheimer's patients, and though she previously had a bit of one-on-one experience taking care of a head trauma patient, there are all sorts that come through there with little to no experience. The turnover is rather high, which speaks of the fact that they're willing to give most anyone a chance if they demonstrate the responsibility and maturity to handle such a job. It's tough work, and weeds out the slackers pretty quickly!

My ex isn't a CENA or anything, yet she's held in high esteem there. To hear her talk, it's one of those jobs where you don't have to "be somebody" to be somebody, if you know what I mean.

Just a thought. Good luck!
Thanks, Keycube. I know medical is a growing area. I am already taking care of my elderly mother who is frail and forgetful. I am living under her roof for room and board, in essence. So I already have a "health care" job. I cook, do light cleaning, drive her to appointments, grocery shop, help her with her bills and finances, keep her company, make sure she has and takes her meds, etc. Oh and run the household - pay those bills, hire contractors to do the inside, outside, etc. Painting, new windows, driveway... etc. It would cost her a lot of money to hire someone to be here 24/7. My sister does spell me off on occasion.

Mike, you will get NO argument about me on this subject -
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This is the problem with building the economy of a state on one industry.

We had the same thing here is the early 80's, when the price of oil crashed and all the drilling stopped. At that time, there were large, 20+ story office buildings that were built, never occupied, and eventually torn down in Houston. You could buy a whole block of houses in Houston (20 houses) that were never occupied, brand new, for the price of one house ($100,000).
post #8 of 10
Ohio jobs have been leaving by the truckload too and unfortunately the crash (har har ) of the auto industry has hit us hard as well. The steel company in Cleveland has shut down and we are losing 1100 GM dealerships from NE OH alone...and that's not even counting the Chrysler dealerships! Ohio has always been more of a blue collar state, and those are the jobs that are being hit the hardest in this recession
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Ohio jobs have been leaving by the truckload too and unfortunately the crash (har har ) of the auto industry has hit us hard as well. The steel company in Cleveland has shut down and we are losing 1100 GM dealerships from NE OH alone...and that's not even counting the Chrysler dealerships! Ohio has always been more of a blue collar state, and those are the jobs that are being hit the hardest in this recession
Oh, I know. Been to Cleveland many times on business when I worked for Ford. The whole thing is dreadful. As someone who was an insider for a while, the dealership thing was a long time in coming. Too many retail outlets across the board. But instead of handling it in a small, bit by bit manner,slowly phasing out dealerships and allowing the local economies to absorb the shock, the auto companies are being forced to do this with a huge THUMP at one of the worst possible times in our recent economic history.
post #10 of 10
I work for a DME company and I can assure you we are feeling the crunch in that part of the health care industry. People lose insurance benefits and they no longer have the ability to get the items we carry..diabetic supplies, walkers..things on that line.

Michigan is just a painful state to live in right now.
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