Comments on: Where the job seekers aren’t Now raising intellectual capital Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:31:30 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Dibenedetto Mon, 14 Sep 2009 22:36:25 +0000 We would move, no problem! To where? No one is hiring in South Carolina, where we moved a year ago not knowing the bottom would fall out. We have a small mortgage, so we could relocate, but jobs at my age of 53 years are not there. I applied for TSA job, and never got an appointment to take the test. I managed in communications for 30 years, yet no one seems to respect my experience. What is America coming to? I continue to apply for jobs over a year now with no prospect ahead.

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By: Drew Kreutzweiser Fri, 04 Sep 2009 16:45:05 +0000 The history of the United States and Canada is a model built on mobility. And of course, the huddled masses from England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, French, etc. and Asia came to North America. And therefore, traveling is already in their blood, so to speak. Cheap energy plays a vital role. But I’m more concerned with the proliferation of cheap ‘global’ products destroying the one part of the world economy.

Especially the ‘geegaw’.

P.S. I’m not sure what a geegaw is but I can assume its only $2.99 and replaced 40,000 G-20 workers.

By: richard Fri, 04 Sep 2009 12:23:00 +0000 Your job has been relocated to either China, Mexico, Korea, India or the Philipines. The real estate market was run like a Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme wall street made billions of you and I at the expense of the poor slob standing when the music stopped. There is no recovery coming when you have skilled workers available for $1.00 a day paid no benefits no health care no environmental restrictions, dump the toxic waste in the sewer keep the production line moving. All in the name of “Outsourcing / Globalization” Jobs are leaving this country 6 million a quarter. Here’s the problem with that business model, “Who will buy the Chinese geegaw when no one has a job?” Houston we have a problem…. You cant sell anything in China unless its produced in China thats their rules and they are enforced with an iron fist. It is not a level playing field its tilted so far away from the US its a joke and the media isnt saying a word. If someone says anything bad about Chinese goods there is an apology from a political figure the next day. Even when there is poison in baby food no one does diddle. When will this end?

By: Casper Lab Fri, 04 Sep 2009 11:55:06 +0000 Europe IS a British colon(-y), why do you think the World’s strongest currency is still unlinked and protected ? I don’t think Ricardo approves of patronising and condescending snobs, it just came out wrong. I would also be upset if my first language was Mandarin or Spanish or French, God forbid.

By: Barton Fri, 04 Sep 2009 11:16:54 +0000 How about health care? For me, health care is keeping me in New York. I’m semi-retired and am lucky enough to have a secure government (part-time) job that includes health insurance. I pay 20% of the premium. I can’t find this down south.

The only state I’d consider moving to is Massachusetts. Why? Because they offer some affordable health care options. There may be other states that I’ve not researched yet.

Had a friend once a few years back with a child afflicted with cerebal palsy. Terrible thing. Guy takes a promotion when the child is 2 and moves down south. Three years later same guy takes a demotion and comes back to New York. So I ask why.

“There are no services for my son down there after he turns 5.” I’m told. “I had to get back to the Northeast so that I could get Medicaid for my son.” This guy had a six figure income, but crushing medical expenses.

I never hear this discussed. I asked my friend what people do with severely handicapped kids who live down there.

He tells me that “There are no older kids with CP down there, they’re all up here.”

By: Drew Thu, 03 Sep 2009 20:50:19 +0000 The price of fuel might have something to do with this. Most unemployed/underemployed live paycheque to paycheque and might only have that last $20. And then what? Travel from state to state looking for a minimum wage jobs (or a $10/hr cash job if you’re lucky)?

From a personal view, I traveled through Canada looking for work leaving job rich Ontario. Believe you me, this is no land of ‘Milk and Honey’. The good memories will always remain but traveling to look for work is always a risky proposition – the competition is just too tough with a landscape littered with Walmarts, MacDonalds and mega malls.

Drew Kreutzweiser

By: Charles Thu, 03 Sep 2009 19:41:57 +0000 This might not set to well with today’s working generations but at one time those that wanted to get ahead had to move. Be it for higher or better work, mobility was the key. Not talking about the job jumper who chased-climbed the copr promotion ladder..
These were the type that would take some risks, told the whiny teens “I have a better job, I pay bills, we move” and risked a bit. Today that is kind of vanishing…we strive less for tougher educations, tougher more demanding jobs, less real challenges.
Corp USA screwing work force is part of it, Congress screwing work force is a big part of it when they ripped up fair trade and are well paid by special interests for “favors”.. Workers screwed by Banks-Wall St and other such low life that would sell their own fmaily and their own nation out, in their unrelenting greed to get bigger fees.
Yes the “worker”, or as most now address such folks, “The consumer” as the “worker” is not really a consideration other then a nasty object that blocks even more profits.. The worker AKA consumer has been hammered and abused,.. but way down at the core, even when you discount for the way they have been abused and ripped off, it seems the :Worker” has kind of lost that little uniqueness, that USA “take a risk as it will be for the best” thing that made USA world leader! Over last 30 years of so, such a attitude has kind of vanished..The “why’s” are numerous, but the impact is sad.

By: Emile Thu, 03 Sep 2009 19:35:29 +0000 The article is based on data of moves “across state lines.” We have some quite large states here, larger geographically and economically, than European countries. These include California, Texas, New York. We have states that are geographically larger than dozens of countries—Montana, Minnesota, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Maine, Pennsylvania and more. Even little New Jersey is too big/congested to commute within it from northern-most to southern-most, or farthest east to farthest west.

So I wonder if there would have been a story if the data took account of intra-state long-distance moves, say from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Albany to Syracuse, Houston to Corpus Christi, Chicago to Springfield etc.

The question might be not whether Americans are moving as much as before, but as far. And perhaps we are moving just as much, only not as far, because, while we still uproot ourselves for jobs, we are more cognizant than previously of how far away from established networks of help/support etc. it would be pointless to go in the sense of solving one problem (income) but starting anew with others (all the rest of life, school, health-care, neighborhood ties, etc.)

By: Kelsey Thu, 03 Sep 2009 19:11:02 +0000 Laura and Ted, I am learning what I can do at home for myself in preparation to move to the USA again. I am also sick of being slave to corporate masters and to the Oil Economy. Self reliance needs to be on the rise if I want my progenitors to survive the impending oil bust. That’s just me talking. But I’d rather live in a strong community and, like Bob, put up with the religious nuts than the crime riddled cities.