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sawtooth    Posted 02-23-2005 at 08:19:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
for those so inclined. How are you and your area doing economically compared to the past? I'd say our area of West Central Ohio is hurting. Schools in the area are instituting a new tax- some kind of income tax- along with the property tax that seems to go up every year. Personally I retired earlier than I wanted to. The factory where I worked closed, for 9 years I worked (skilled trades) over 100 miles from home in another of their factories to qualify for their retirement program. I thought it would be relatively easy to find other work, but along with the others in my situation hardly any have found anything and being "60ish" don't feel like moving- been there, done that.


Redneck    Posted 02-23-2005 at 19:10:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you can live on $7 an hour there is plenty of work. Lots of Wallyworld folks and others that can barely function went to the new Honda plant. They started out at $18 an will soon make $22 an hour with great benefits. Management and high tech make real good. Not great but decent for this area. Everything else is slow, slow, slow here, with prices for land, food, utilities etc going out of sight.


donna in w.v    Posted 02-23-2005 at 11:56:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we are probably better off now than in the last 15 years. the farm is doing well . we sell rabbits,chickens,eggs, some cows and cheese ,herbs and other fresh veggies.we have a huge flea market on weekends about 30 min from here so we sell veggies and some wood crafts hubby builds also people who buy our rabbits often buy cages and hutch hubby and fil build. i went back to work this year.i work with the developementally disabled .i took this job to put some money away for retirement and i picked my hours [how many and when] companies that service the disabled are begging for help here in wv. and i started at $2 over min.wage with no experience.even in a depressed area like ours jobs are there if you look. when i decided to go to work i looked for 1 week and had 10-15 offers and all i have is a high school diploma.


bill b va    Posted 02-23-2005 at 14:19:50       [Reply]  [No Email]

do you raise the your fleas for this hugh market .is it very profitable ? how many fleas to the pound on average .


donna in w.v    Posted 02-23-2005 at 15:46:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
not sure how many fleas to a pound cuz i can't get em to stay on the scale.


KatG    Posted 02-23-2005 at 10:04:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Job oppurtunities is one of the reasons we moved to Arkansas...in 1987..You had to be careful where you put in an application because they would put you to work..lol...Those days are gone from this area...Now mind you northwest Arkansas is busting at the seams and with chicken plants and other factories there is plenty of work...But in these places you can expect to pay at least 500 to 700 per month for something to rent...nothing fancy...Where there is work expenses are sky high...Most of our factory jobs in this area have been outsorced...Alot of illegal aliens are hired into the plants...and they live 20 or more to a house so this cuts down on expenses for them...Usually it is a dump so the landlord charges a fortune and doesn't care how many live there...Well I am getting off on a different subject all together...But I can tell you I am glad I am not hunting a job in this area, what there is it seems young folks get them...which is understandable...the company doesn't want someone who is broke down from hard work all their lives...but have stuck with it...unlike many folk who get tired of working or find it alittle difficult and quit...There are alot of temp. agencies here also...that makes it harder to find work...But I am just a speaking for this area of Arkansas...KAtG


Red Dave    Posted 02-23-2005 at 09:54:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm doing better now than I've ever done and better than I ever expected to.

If something happened and this job went away, I probably couldn't replace what I have now in terms of pay, benefits and conditions, but it took me nearly 30 years here to get to this point too. I could find another job tomorrow, but it likely wouldn't be as good as this one is.

But I wouldn't be unemployed unless I choose to be. The papers are full of jobs, especially skilled labor positions. I can get my toolbox and go right back to work in the shop if need be.

Unemployement rate around here is usually the lowest, or next to lowest in PA.

Being in the position of occasionally making hiring decisions, I can tell you that finding employees is easy, but finding good ones can be hard.

Most employers look for 3 things in the first few months of employment:
1. Does the employee show up every day, and on time?
2. Can they get along with co-workers?
3. Are they able to be trained to do what we want done?

You would be amazed at how many prospective employees can't do those three simple things. Even college graduates have these troubles.


slim    Posted 02-23-2005 at 11:39:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got to add a number 4.

4. Can they pass the drug test and criminal background screening?

Not too long ago a friend interviewed 11 for a position. Only 2 could pass both tests.

slim


Red Dave    Posted 02-23-2005 at 12:06:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep! True enough. But here if they don't pass that test, they don't the chance to try for the next three.

Sad state of affairs ain't it?


slim    Posted 02-23-2005 at 12:29:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
What's sad is that this was not a minimum wage job either. A little over $11 an hour in the trucking industry. Not driving a truck and never leaving the terminal so no overnight stuff. The drivers made more and this was an entry level job so he could move up as openings came available.

sad

slim


Alias    Posted 02-23-2005 at 08:59:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't work but my kids do. And, they all say there is a shortage of decent workmen/women.


big fred    Posted 02-23-2005 at 08:54:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
They (whoever "they" are) say our area is still in economic downturn, but my employer is finding it difficult to fill several (perhaps hundreds) of jobs. These are jobs paying $50-100K. We're hiring recent college graduates, which is kind of encouraging for us old fahts.


Ron/PA    Posted 02-23-2005 at 08:38:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's the same old story here, there's work if you want it. You have to want to WORK, but if you will you're family will eat.
Ron


Les    Posted 02-23-2005 at 08:34:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
This place is busting at the seams. If you ain't working here, it's because you don't want to.


steve19438    Posted 02-23-2005 at 08:41:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
sameo here!


Les    Posted 02-23-2005 at 08:46:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Steve, we've got to stop agreeing like this. People are going to start talking.


steve19438    Posted 02-23-2005 at 09:45:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
you are a "jerk"!
that outta fix em!!! LOL.
ps: glad to read your buddy made it back ok.


Les    Posted 02-23-2005 at 10:18:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, how about finding the shift key on that keyboard and getting a clue.
That's more like it.
All my boys made it back but a couple of them got hurt pretty bad from IEDs. They did one heckuva job over there. Even Hillary agrees.


steve19438    Posted 02-23-2005 at 10:52:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
"Hey, how about finding the shift key on that keyboard and getting a clue.
That's more like it."
huh???


seahag    Posted 02-23-2005 at 09:24:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are jobs out there but the competition for
good jobs is unbelievable..for my position they interviewed at 3 staffing companies 70 people, the actual amount sent to the company for interviews were 30 and 11 were hired, 7 lasted out the training and testing...
One other job I interviewed for 1 position 35 applications..another 1 position 20 applications...most jobs in the county I live in
hire at 7 to 8 bucks an hour..even for office help..yes its bad yes there are jobs but I cant live on 7 and hour..pay for a home and food and utilities..


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