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Old 08-25-2008, 10:18 AM   #1
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Best Economy in 50 Years

Back in 2002, both my BIL (medical IT) and I (engineering) were out of w*rk and it took each of us over a year to find a new position. Two weeks ago my BIL was again out of a j*b and he started a new one today for more money close to their home in California. I get calls from recruiters several times a month with promises of more money.

There's sure a lot of turmoil going on right now. CNBC hasn't run an upbeat story in what seems like years. Stocks are churning and interest rates are low. Owning a house in the wrong area can really hurt. However, it appears that a person with reasonable professional credentials can find w*rk if they are so inclined. There are help wanted signs all over Houston for anyone that can breathe.

I can't help but think we are in better shape than we were back at the turn of the century.
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:47 AM   #2
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There's no doubt that the Houston economy is doing well. I dought that it's the best in 50 years though. They did pretty well there in the seventies and early eighties.

It's the rest of the country that concerns us. When the oil patch is up the rest of the country is down.

We all can't live in Houston though, not that we would want that.
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We all can't live in Houston though, not that we would want that.
There is an interesting thread devoted to this very subject... in Life after FIRE.
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:05 AM   #4
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Plenty of work in the medical fields in Northern California.
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Yep, several new hospitals going up around here. Kaiser is building a new one, another hospice care has a huge new hospital going up, and Kaiser is aggressively adding on to three of their local area campuses. Marshall just built a new 6-8 building campus in the next town over.
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Yep, several new hospitals going up around here. Kaiser is building a new one, another hospice care has a huge new hospital going up, and Kaiser is aggressively adding on to three of their local area campuses. Marshall just built a new 6-8 building campus in the next town over.
Ya Sutter is building that new Woman's and Children hospital. People still get sick and for some reason still make babies in a down economy. Guess doing it is cheap at first
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And theres that other Kaiser emergency center/hospital going up in Sac.

Lots of municipal construction going on too...lots of road and bridge work. The commercial/retail seems to have ground to a halt but I guess the folks who HAVE to do some work are taking advantage of the lower construction labor costs.
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It's very odd.... there are quite a few layoffs (UHG laying off 2,000, our company just laid off a few dozen, Sparky mentioned SuperValu is laying off a bunch of people, Northwest is laying off quite a few people).... but then I'm also getting a lot of calls and emails for jobs and I'm swamped with side work right now.

I can't put my finger on it... it's very different from 2001. Hiring virtually froze then.
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And theres that other Kaiser emergency center/hospital going up in Sac.

Lots of municipal construction going on too...lots of road and bridge work. The commercial/retail seems to have ground to a halt but I guess the folks who HAVE to do some work are taking advantage of the lower construction labor costs.
Like the hot cross bun avatar. I'm considering a bacon wrapped doughnut. Whaddyathink?
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Like the hot cross bun avatar. I'm considering a bacon wrapped doughnut. Whaddyathink?

I like it better than that jacklelope you got going on.
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Hey, Jackalope bacon is good eats.

Thats a nasty looking bacon maple bar. Try this one...
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I like it better than that jacklelope you got going on.
don't dis the 'lope. It took me a long time to get him broke 'enuf to ride.
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More Bacon Fun !

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Another thread hijacked by BACON. Ya gotta love Mondays.
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Yep, monday is when everyone goes back to work, gets bored and starts posting again.
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Somehow this makes me think of the Bacon Bra that CFB posted a while back...
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Yep, monday is when everyone goes back to work, gets bored and starts posting again.
If I have to have one of my threads hijacked, bacon is always appreciated.
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I saw it less of a hijack and more of an endorsement of products that will improve hiring in the medical field.

I mean...donuts and bacon? Hospitals and doctors offices should hand them out for free in the streets!
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