Sound off on what the job market in your area is like for your line of work.
"It sucks" isn't what I'm after. Maybe "6-12 month wait to find a decent accounting gig" would be more useful.
I'm in Rochester. If I got canned today, it would probably take me one to three months to land another Solaris/Linux admin and Perl programming job in this area and I would expect to be paid about $5,000 to $10,000 less than I make now.
You might search the Seattle area listings, I have heard that bot Amazon and
Microsoft have been adding staff recently, and Costco has been doing well. Where I work there are currently 5-6 jobs open and a few others expected, nothing in your field, other than a senior network engineer at the airport.
I heard yesterday that California has exceeded 20% unemployed, but in order not to scare people, they are not including those who are now forced to get a part time job, and others for one reason or another.
Texas is leading in creating new jobs.
Texas created 4,000 new jobs in September while California lost 63,000 jobs last month.
I read it is because Texas does not increase taxes and impose stringent regulations on small businesses and entrepreneurs.
"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
Try Portland?? were at 9.6% I work construction, and typically get moved from job to job. I haven't been laid off in 13 years and I got hit in mid june. I got a call from my boss today and I can take a part time gig starting next month.
The plus side of thing is Intel is going to be building a new fab building, and there is supposed to be a new windmill farm taking off soon as well. Intel starts in January and that will be quite a few construction guys going back to work.
Man, I was on unemployment for almost two years, then luckily landed a gig about a year ago in my field. I had been applying anywhere (grocery stores, for chrissake, I'm a welder!) with no luck at all, then bam! work, OT, life has turned around!