Survey: job outlook worst on lakeshore

Survey: job outlook worst on lakeshore

There are 16 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Mar 10, 2009, titled Survey: job outlook worst on lakeshore. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Manpower categorized the job market in Holland and Grand Haven as "unstable," in its second quarter report.

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hardcore

Coopersville, MI

#1 Mar 10, 2009
did we need manpower to tell us something we already know
ICFR

Belleville, MI

#2 Mar 10, 2009
yeah, i hear that.

one job field that work seems pretty steady is for "Xspurts" "Analysts" and "ThunkTanks" that are pretty good at "predicting" what already happened and everyone else already knows about.

i wonder how you go about getting one of these jobs and the government funding to go along with it?

Ellen

Montague, MI

#3 Mar 10, 2009
This is not surprising, since my husband was laid off sum five weeks ago. Several of the temp agencies have told him it would be months before they would have any assignments.
So, we are doing what so many others are doing, we are leaving Michigan. We sold our home last year and decided to rent for the time. Now, we don't feel trapped. I work as a R.N. and am able to find work virtually anywhere. Having spent time looking at various other states there is a brighter side of things out there. Michigan was rated one of the top five saddest states to live in, now I know why.
Out-a GR

Cape Coral, FL

#4 Mar 10, 2009
I had a job in Michigan and left to come to Florida. Our job market is not that great either, but waking up to sunny blue skies almost every day even though I am not making the money I once did makes life so much easier. We went to Sanibel Island Sunday and it was sunny, 82 degrees, and it cost me 8 bucks (parking and bridge toll). Went ton a motorcycle ride last night along Ft. Myers beach last night and it was awesome.
I remember living in GR this time of year and hating it. No sun, cold, cooped up in the house with nothing to do. How many times can you go to the mall and walk around?
Gotta run, time to go swim in the pool!
DJL

United States

#5 Mar 10, 2009
Out-a GR wrote:
I had a job in Michigan and left to come to Florida. Our job market is not that great either, but waking up to sunny blue skies almost every day even though I am not making the money I once did makes life so much easier. We went to Sanibel Island Sunday and it was sunny, 82 degrees, and it cost me 8 bucks (parking and bridge toll). Went ton a motorcycle ride last night along Ft. Myers beach last night and it was awesome.
I remember living in GR this time of year and
hating it. No sun, cold, cooped up in the house with nothing to do. How many times can you go to the mall and walk around?
Gotta run, time to go swim in the pool!
You are just too cruel.
Enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.
We have to wait until June for that.
On the bright side, with everyone leaving Michigan, the beaches and motels won't be as crowded.:)
Citizencane

Saint Clair Shores, MI

#6 Mar 10, 2009
Will I see that Holland BPW is raising rates. City Council will want the status quo so up go taxes.

None of this matters to the blinded leaders of the area.

Business as usual.
GR Independent

Southfield, MI

#7 Mar 10, 2009
Hey Ellen: First, good luck! Second, does working as an RN give you enough income to tide your family over until your husband finds a job?
race fan

Ada, MI

#8 Mar 10, 2009
Granholm's gas tax will also hurt business, more taxs will not help, just drive more business away from Michigan. Reduce the wasteful spending, like building new rest areas, replacing rusty guard rails, and road repair, 4 men working and 6 with white hats watching. Road repairs on this side of the state is done by firms from the east side of the state.
Ellen

Montague, MI

#9 Mar 10, 2009
GR Independent wrote:
Hey Ellen: First, good luck! Second, does working as an RN give you enough income to tide your family over until your husband finds a job?
Yes, of course! However, he is not going to find anything here.
There are still good opportunities out there, just not in Michigan.
Trash man

Lansing, MI

#10 Mar 10, 2009
race fan wrote:
Granholm's gas tax will also hurt business, more taxs will not help, just drive more business away from Michigan. Reduce the wasteful spending, like building new rest areas, replacing rusty guard rails, and road repair, 4 men working and 6 with white hats watching. Road repairs on this side of the state is done by firms from the east side of the state.
You can't spend your way out of debt? Huh, I never made the connection. Your right, we just can't stop spending. What a joke, like they are helping us with the stupid Stimulas! Its our money! Hello!
Lawton George

Syracuse, NY

#11 Mar 10, 2009
I'm judging by these posts that there are NO simple "answers" to the many-faceted problems with this economy. Excessive taxation is only one part of the poor economy. The so-called "benefits" of temporary agencies were a farce when times were better. Job search agencies have always been a joke-they are used by companies to screen potential employees before hiring them. The problem is that VERY FEW workers are actually hired. The problem here in Michigan has been developing during the past 40+ years by an inferior educational system that produces illiterate graduates with little hope of becoming a productive member of society. Time to return to the basics-also have year-round schools. If there is anyone left here in Michigan-it will take about twenty years in the future to see results.
Lawton George

Syracuse, NY

#12 Mar 10, 2009
The next concern I have is the amount of spending by gov't at all levels to try to "stimulate" a dead horse of an economy. The more money being printed means money will have little value later. I believe that happened in the early part of the 20th century. The depression started in Europe earlier-later in America. I hope that we can learn from history instead of repeating it.
kjadame

Grand Rapids, MI

#13 Mar 10, 2009
when is this area wyoming,mi going to see some more jobs like manufacturing coming in jobs that don't start out at 9.00 hour. like temporary agencies are paying people. People cannot afford to live on that.

Since: Mar 09

Lapeer, MI

#14 Mar 25, 2009
The only thing that you can find right now is retail openings . Even though are even hard to get . I been think on move out of this state myself but I know my wife she is not going for that . For my qualification Cali , Nevada , Arizona . I has jobs for me . It's hard her . i would recommend any one to move to Michigan right now . I remember back in the late 79 - 80 my parents move from Michigan to find work . We moved back after a few years . I wish i could find a good paying job .
Ellen

Montague, MI

#15 Mar 25, 2009
XPSGS720 wrote:
The only thing that you can find right now is retail openings . Even though are even hard to get . I been think on move out of this state myself but I know my wife she is not going for that . For my qualification Cali , Nevada , Arizona . I has jobs for me . It's hard her . i would recommend any one to move to Michigan right now . I remember back in the late 79 - 80 my parents move from Michigan to find work . We moved back after a few years . I wish i could find a good paying job .
If you have the opportunity to go elsewhere to create a better life than go. Run like the wind ! How long and why do people insist on putting their lives on hold for family. They don't pay the bills.
Good Luck to you in whatever comes of your decision. But, leaving here is your best move you could have now.
rob ed by MI

Salt Lake City, UT

#16 Mar 26, 2009
Ellen wrote:
This is not surprising, since my husband was laid off sum five weeks ago. Several of the temp agencies have told him it would be months before they would have any assignments.
So, we are doing what so many others are doing, we are leaving Michigan. We sold our home last year and decided to rent for the time. Now, we don't feel trapped. I work as a R.N. and am able to find work virtually anywhere. Having spent time looking at various other states there is a brighter side of things out there. Michigan was rated one of the top five saddest states to live in, now I know why.
yea Grandholm we were blown away

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