Job losses mount across mountains

Job losses mount across mountains

There are 34 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Jan 15, 2009, titled Job losses mount across mountains. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

BOONE Western North Carolina continued its economic slide in November, according to a report released Thursday by economists with Appalachian State University.

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Keith former Gun-bunny

United States

#1 Jan 16, 2009
Like I said, my job doesn't pay the greatest, but at least I got one. Feel for all who have lost their's. Walked in them shoes.

Sgt Rock

Since: Jun 07

Johnson City, TN

#2 Jan 16, 2009
"Hopefully the economic stimulus being talked about by the new administration and Gov. Perdue's new plans will put us on the right path, he said.

BS. What happens when that is quickly gone? Right back in the same boat. AMERICA has had it and we can thanks the CLINTONS and their NAFTA for it. Their pockets and bank accounts are full and Americans are going to starve.
The Joe

Kernersville, NC

#3 Jan 16, 2009
It's going to get a whole lots worse. Evergreen is on the verge of shuttering the paper mill in Canton, BorgWarner is about to layoff about 150 more workers, and ArvinMeritor will likely consolidate its operations to rationalize capacity for truck parts. That will add about 1200 to 1500 more good paying jobs to the trash heap.
The Moe

Asheville, NC

#4 Jan 16, 2009
Dont worry about a thing...the retirees from Florida will save us.
Bam

Hortense, GA

#5 Jan 16, 2009
Sgt Rock wrote:
"Hopefully the economic stimulus being talked about by the new administration and Gov. Perdue's new plans will put us on the right path, he said.
BS. What happens when that is quickly gone? Right back in the same boat. AMERICA has had it and we can thanks the CLINTONS and their NAFTA for it. Their pockets and bank accounts are full and Americans are going to starve.
Amen. And the same crew of advisors and cronies that supported NAFTA in the Clinton administration are back to run economic policy in the Obama White House. As for as Governor Perdue doing anything to effect the crisis, she couldn't find her arse with both hands!

Sgt Rock

Since: Jun 07

Johnson City, TN

#6 Jan 16, 2009
The Moe wrote:
Dont worry about a thing...the retirees from Florida will save us.
If they don't kill us first with their bizare driving. lol
hikerusa

Mills River, NC

#7 Jan 16, 2009
Illegal aliens must be reported to the authorities and the businesses that hire them more than ever before as they attribute to the deaths of families and society. Also the so called 'clinics' that treat, give money, aid,fuel, food to illegals as the American public wants the money to go to CITIZENS of the USA. Not Mex-i-cans.Put the CEO's in jail.
OUTSPOKEN

United States

#8 Jan 16, 2009
We were high rollers back then according to some and we followed their advise like the nice did the piper.
Place a lot of the blame on the County Commissioners and Governor. They should have known that all industries are in constant transition and they could have tried to keep up eith the times more, provide education facilities that would have provided a educated an trained work force. Also, no industry is going to establish its self if the education system for the children of the workers are below average.
There has been little if any effort to bring suitable industry to this region by anyone - te people of this area has been duped by political and bureaucratic hacks but most of all we have duped ourselves.
And we are going to do it again - we have our hand out for the stimulus money like children for sweets.
Common Sense Says

Eddyville, KY

#9 Jan 16, 2009
OUTSPOKEN wrote:
We were high rollers back then according to some and we followed their advise like the nice did the piper.
Place a lot of the blame on the County Commissioners and Governor. They should have known that all industries are in constant transition and they could have tried to keep up eith the times more, provide education facilities that would have provided a educated an trained work force. Also, no industry is going to establish its self if the education system for the children of the workers are below average.
There has been little if any effort to bring suitable industry to this region by anyone - te people of this area has been duped by political and bureaucratic hacks but most of all we have duped ourselves.
And we are going to do it again - we have our hand out for the stimulus money like children for sweets.
There is NO industry that isn't hurting right now. It wouldn't matter if we had manufacturing plants out the wazoo all over the region. No one has any credit to buy anything or is willing to do so right now.

Heck, pick up yesterday's Wall Street Journal. Even Microsoft says it is going to announce layoffs in the next few days. Nortel and several other companies filed for bankruptcy this week.
mike

Spring Lake, NC

#10 Jan 16, 2009
I know, lets raise City taxes to buy more parkland and raise County taxes to buy bigger facilities.
OUTSPOKEN

United States

#11 Jan 16, 2009
Common Sense Says wrote:
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There is NO industry that isn't hurting right now. It wouldn't matter if we had manufacturing plants out the wazoo all over the region. No one has any credit to buy anything or is willing to do so right now.
Heck, pick up yesterday's Wall Street Journal. Even Microsoft says it is going to announce layoffs in the next few days. Nortel and several other companies filed for bankruptcy this week.
I get the point that you are making but the fact that we are in an economic down turn should not prohibit us from planing and developing an industry that is profitable, employees native people, to offer a service or product that the rest of the world needs.
To wait for a "stimulus" package is child like, The waiting will result in the stimulus money to buy sustenance items and leave very little for future development.
We must demand that our leaders and beaucrats act very aggressively or this time next year we will still be sitting on our haunches and whining.
KRice

United States

#12 Jan 16, 2009
The one thing that I don't understand is that our elected leaders, both Dems and Repubs touted these trade agreements as creating more American jobs. All I can see is the mass exodus of American Mfg jobs in the last decade. The thing is that USA allows these corporations to take tax deductions for investing in facilities outside of the US. Our government gives these businesses tax credits for the money paid to the host nations. This information is available on the house ways and means website. I found it a couple of years ago, sorry I don't have the link.

Since: May 07

Spartanburg, SC

#13 Jan 16, 2009
Common Sense Says wrote:
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There is NO industry that isn't hurting right now. It wouldn't matter if we had manufacturing plants out the wazoo all over the region. No one has any credit to buy anything or is willing to do so right now.
Heck, pick up yesterday's Wall Street Journal. Even Microsoft says it is going to announce layoffs in the next few days. Nortel and several other companies filed for bankruptcy this week.
Even Goggle is laying off. Where I work things are very slow.
Ghost Dog

Waterloo, IA

#14 Jan 16, 2009
Reaganomics, Bush Daddy's NAFTA agreement, Globalism promoted by Reagan and the Bush machine, Deregulation, especially after Phil Gramm's legislation allowed uncontrolled gambling by Enron and the financial institutions and "W", especially "W's" war of choice which will eventually cost more than $5 Trillion+ are the reasons for the lost jobs and the current financial crisis. The Reagan/Bush objective of creating a society, an American Union where the US standard of living and that of Mexico were the same is working well, thing is Mexico didn't come up in their standard of living, Reaganomics and his American Free Trade agreemens drug the US standard and wages/jobs down to Mexicos.
lughe

United States

#15 Jan 16, 2009
The Moe wrote:
Dont worry about a thing...the retirees from Florida will save us.
Treat us better or we'll not be there either!

Since: Aug 07

Travelers Rest, SC

#16 Jan 16, 2009
Common Sense Says wrote:
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There is NO industry that isn't hurting right now. It wouldn't matter if we had manufacturing plants out the wazoo all over the region. No one has any credit to buy anything or is willing to do so right now.
Heck, pick up yesterday's Wall Street Journal. Even Microsoft says it is going to announce layoffs in the next few days. Nortel and several other companies filed for bankruptcy this week.
Oh yes there are. Look at the Asheville Council of Clowns and the Buncombe Clown Commission, they are PI$$ING away taxpayer dollars like there is no tomorrow.
alekas

Glen Ellyn, IL

#17 Jan 16, 2009
how about a little context in this story. What type jobs were lost? I ask because there is a difference between a plant shutting down and the casino laying off people. This is what happens when you have an economy that is over-dependent on other people's disposal income.

And what planet is Scott Hamilton on? When did govt EVER spark the economy before to have him convinced that Bev Purdue, she of the same culture of corruption that has ruled Raleigh forever, is the answer. If he wants ole Bev to help, he can ask her to do what the Legislature has failed to do for years now: rollback those "temporary" tax hikes that were put in place. People keeping more of their money, having more money to spend as they wish, is how an economy grows.
Common Sense Says

Waynesville, NC

#18 Jan 16, 2009
OUTSPOKEN wrote:
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I get the point that you are making but the fact that we are in an economic down turn should not prohibit us from planing and developing an industry that is profitable, employees native people, to offer a service or product that the rest of the world needs.
To wait for a "stimulus" package is child like, The waiting will result in the stimulus money to buy sustenance items and leave very little for future development.
We must demand that our leaders and beaucrats act very aggressively or this time next year we will still be sitting on our haunches and whining.
I don't disagree. Now is a perfect time to plan for the economy of tomorrow, for the recovery that will inevitably come and which will see the world a much different place than it is now.

I appreciate your respect of my point. I just think some people on here don't understand that with the exception of bankruptcy lawyers, government bureaucrats, and the people who many the Treasury printing presses, there isn't anyone who is hurting or scared for their jobs right now.
CJOHNNY

Lincolnton, NC

#19 Jan 16, 2009
lughe wrote:
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Treat us better or we'll not be there either!
bye-bye
Common Sense Says

Waynesville, NC

#20 Jan 16, 2009
One other thing.

One has to distinguish between jobs lost because of NAFTA and other types of trade relationsips; those jobs that just disappeared due to no longer being needed anywhere in the world; and those that are a result of the downturn in the economy.

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