Jobs, where are they?

Sun, 11/23/2008 - 1:44pm
By: raevenbox

I currently live in Minnesota. I would very much like to move to Georgia, Fayetteville or Peachtree City to be exact.
Here in Minnesota, they cut over 7,900 jobs last month! The determanation is that it will take anyone at least a year to find a job, any job. We both have no jobs and currently have to get assistance from our county. (yes that dreaded word, welfare). It is hard. I used to have a very well paying job, I could pay all the bills and have extra money for us to shop and go out to eat. Now, we are scraping by.
My family & I took a trip there in September (before all the crisis hit). We stayed with a friend in Atlanta and checked out some nearby towns. We fell in love with Fayetteville! Our kids chose the schools they wanted to attend. We found out you ahve boundaries for your schools. So we would have live in either city (Fayetteville or Peachtree City).
My husband went to Georgia in November to look for work. He missed us terribly and said there were no jobs there. (I don't belive him.) He came home in less than a week. We were planning on renting out our townhome and moving there in December.
My question to you all is this:
Am I wrong in thinking that moving to another state (Georgia) will benifit my family? I would like to think that it would help us.
I would appreciate any leads you may have and any comments on this.

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Submitted by mysteryman on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 8:40pm.

What do you think your hubby is lying to you about the jobs. Hate to bust your bubble, come on down and see for yourself. Anyway best of luck on your move, when you get here if you cant find a place to stay, hit me up on the one and ill hook you up with a great rental that i have in Jonesboro just off hwy 1941 behind the Tara mobile home park. That way you will be close to everything, hey you can even walk to the bust-stop, oh my bad, bus stop, out in front of the racetrac gas station, also you be glad to know that clayton county has one of the highest rated school systems in the country, got to get those kids off to a good start right..BEST WISHES AND GOOD LUCK YOURE GONNA NEED IT...

Submitted by mysteryman on Fri, 12/26/2008 - 8:41pm.

387000 APPLICATIONS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT IN GEORGIA SO FAR THIS YEAR. So come on down, and well put you to work as a thrillseeker liquor store, cash register attendant. Hold the ranks stay where you are. GOD BLESS...P.S. Be sure to get a room at the LAQUINTA INN on OLD NATIONAL HWY, next time you are in town ,this will give you some idea of what FAYETTE COUNTY will be like in 10 or 15 years...

Submitted by MelloYello on Sun, 12/07/2008 - 3:53am.

I'm actually having trouble finding people to work. I have one part time position in stockbridge open and a partime cleaning supervisor position open in peachtree city. If anyone in the stockbridge area or fayette county area needs a part time night time job just give me a call. No felony records though. 678 736 0412, if I don't pick up please feel free to email me at or leave a voice mail.

Submitted by fluffybear on Mon, 12/01/2008 - 3:14pm.

What part of Minnesota do you currently live, what type of work do you do, and what kind of wage do you expect to get paid?

There is very little work right now for professionals and depending on your answers, you may be better off riding it out right where you are. My family and I moved to Georgia last fall from Minnesota and only because Georgia offered my wife more advancement opportunities in her career. We had 2 choices at time, moving to Georgia or taking a new position (with her current employer) in St. Paul. Just like yourself, we visited the area and fell in love with it.

As a newbie to the area from your neck of the woods, I will try and point you in the right direction and help you the best I can.

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Submitted by raevenbox on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 1:09pm.

I have worked within the office in the past. Right now, I would take almost anything (as I am still unemployed). I am hoping to go to college to get a degree in Social Work. I know that it is very needed everywhere.
My last good job, I was averaging about $15 per hour. ($11.25 plus commission). I know it will be difficult to find a position anywhere that would pay that well without a degree.
We currently live in Forest Lake (about 1/2 hour or so north of St. Paul).
We are thinking about me heading down there after the holidays and finding employment and a home. Then my husband and the kids can come down.
If you have any suggestions, that would be great! (I did have 3 phone interviews from one company back in November, however, they chose someone that was already in the area.)

Submitted by fluffybear on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 2:11pm.

I know the area well, have a cousin who lives in Forest Lake. My personal opinion is you will have better luck finding work in the Twin Cities then you will here. With the economy where it is, it is going to be even worse.
If you come to Peachtree City, you will fall in love with it but if you do not have work, you are going to find it hard. Food is more expensive here and unlike Minnesota, you do have to pay sales tax on essential items.
If you are set on coming down, shoot me a private e-mail and I will point you to some of the better neighborhoods in your price range & direct you to a really good agent.

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Submitted by raevenbox on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 12:53pm.

We are set on moving to Georgia. We have many other reasons why we want to move, not just because of the jobs. I have changed my prefrences so you can send me a personal email. I tried sending you one, but it says you don't accept personal emails. Shoot me one and we can talk. Maybe me and your wife could talk instead? Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you!

Submitted by mthom5436 on Tue, 02/17/2009 - 11:54am.

The police dept is hiring. No degree required. What did your husband used to do?

Submitted by mthom5436 on Tue, 02/17/2009 - 1:35pm.

Look at Airtran's website:

There is a career link at the botom of their home page.

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Submitted by raevenbox on Thu, 02/19/2009 - 12:59pm.

Thanks for the info! Hopefully they will still be hiring in June! LOL

My husband has done security, production, water softener treatment (we need that here in MN due to hard water). He has done a few odd jobs here and there. Right now he is battling major depression and not working. I am the only one working right now. So I need a job that I can support my family of 4 on.
That's tough to do right now with the economy!
Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!

I can't wait to be down there. MN has harsh bitter cold winters and misquitoes in the summer.

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Submitted by muddle on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 2:03pm.

I lived in Northfield, MN for six years when I taught at St. Olaf College.

For the first year or two, I got out and attacked winter, x-country skiing in the Carlton Arb, sledding, ice-skating, etc. But then, after falling down on the ice in my drive a few too many times, suffering split fingers, frozen boogers and light deprivation syndrome, I began plotting an escape south. And my approach to winter for the final years was to hunker down inside and wait until I heard water dripping from the eaves.

My main memories of summer there involve mosquitoes equipped with talons that could carry you off to a more convenient place to suck your blood.

It is simply the worst place I have ever lived.

"Puddleglum" by Weatherwax (one of the Muddlings).

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 5:59pm.

you don't burse you actually "chip". Smiling
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Submitted by Bonkers on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 2:25pm.

North Georgia is pretty good temperature-wise. Air quality and allergies, just average.
South Georgia has no winter to speak of but has gnats and those mosquitoes.

I am told that somewhere about Chattanooga Tennessee to Knoxville is the best overall.

I tried Oklahoma---no good.
Illinois----no good.
Western Virginia (not WV) four full seasons and no gnats and mosquitoes.
Hawaii of course is good for weather and creatures but a lonesome place after awhile.

Submitted by cmattson on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 2:54pm.

I can relate to raevenbox. I too, am seeking employment in or around Fayette County in an Administrative Assistant/Associate or Office Assistant position. I am currently working in the employment field so I know that jobs are very difficult to come by these days. I've applied for countless positions through on-line employment agencies, but living out of state (Michigan), I never get to talk to a real person to make that human connection. I have almost 20 years experience in a university (HR) and medical office setting and I've got to believe that there is something out there for me in this area. If there is truly a more qualified candidate on paper, I can accept that I don't get that interview call. However, I know that in most cases, my resume doesn't even get viewed because I am not local and employers don't take me or my wanting to relocate seriously. Is there an employment agency in the area that is serious about helping match folks with full-time positions and not just temp jobs?

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 4:02pm.

Fayette County is to a large extent a bedroom community. A very large number of its residents work at the Atlanta airport or in downtown Atlanta, where the jobs are. There are already many people who are unemployed in the Atlanta area, and jobs are contracting as the state and city governments are laying off workers, not to mention banks and businesses involved in real estate (architects, lawyers, mortgage lenders, real estate salespeople, etc.). It’s not that the Fayette people are unfriendly, but looking for a job in Fayette County from out-of-state right now is really swimming upstream.

Submitted by Bonkers on Mon, 11/24/2008 - 4:14pm.

You don't say what you have done! Hard to help you.
Are you a professional, a laborer, or a clerical worker--maybe a health worker?

Hiring is currently scarce here now due mostly to the banks messing everything up and there is no credit for anyone to operate their business. People are also not spending what they have.

One thing still growing is the health industry! If you have a skill there you would be in! (at least until they are hit with the recession).

Truck drivers are in demand most places.

Still; a few $8-9 per hour jobs.

A good cook can do OK.

Hard labor, outside, is still available.

There are no management or desk jobs.

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Submitted by raevenbox on Sat, 02/14/2009 - 3:51pm.

I have worked MANY jobs. That's one of the problems.
I have worked in the office as customer service, assistant (more or less), call center, cashier, receptionist. More recently I am curretnly driving school bus and have my CDL, passenger and school bus license.
I have looked on the school district website and see that they are hiring school bus drivers, but I think I would need to re-test in GA.

I have even started my own business here in MN, personal conceirge service, running errands for people, personal shopper, etc. But that fell through as soon as the recession hit.

Mostly, my goal is to attend Georgia State University to become a therapist to work with women who are addicted. (Ultimately become an addiction counselor.) I would very much like to help the community in GA with addiction and how to get their lives back on the right track.

I was thinking I could start college in the Spring and get a job at the college. I would like to attend nights and weekends. But I am not sure how well that would work out.

Any suggestions? I would appreciate it!

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 6:12pm.

As of Oct. 2008, Minnesota ranked 29th with an unemployment rate of 6%.

Georgia ranked 37th with an unemployment rate of 7%.

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Submitted by raevenbox on Sat, 02/14/2009 - 3:42pm.

How is Geogia doing now in the bad economy?
Minnesota is up to 9% for unemployment now. I think I heard them on the news the other night saying the the midwest is the hardest hit now, up to 12% total.

We are still planning on oving, but now, we are saving money. So we can have enough money to actually get all of our things down there and find a home to rent.

The hardest part I foresee is finding a job in GA without leaving MN. I almost had one in October, before the recession hit (or depression if you want to call it that.). I was #2 on the list. Then they chose someone who was their last person to interview.

Any suggestions to how I can get a decent job in GA without leaving MN just yet? We have the money now, but are waiting until June or I get a job or interview first.

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Submitted by dawn69 on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 6:35pm.

Hi bad_ptc, I have read (can't remember which publication to source) that we can expect unemployment to rise up to 9% by mid-spring.

I am not a doomsdayer, but have a feeling that we have a better chance of being hit by a gamma ray than we do of coming out of this economic chaos without a full scale depression. The only question is, how bad will the depression be? Bush announced last week that it would be a depression worse than what we saw last century. However, a friend of mine, an economic genius so to speak, keeps a cooler head by assuring that there will most likely be no soup lines or hobos.

If only my crystal ball was working right now.Smiling

Submitted by Arf on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 5:30pm.

Best wishes to you and your family, wherever you end up, and good luck to you.

I was once laid off in the past and moved to another area of the country where I knew no one, but was confident that I would find work because I had over 30 years of experience. I enjoyed the adventure of living in a new area, but I never found employment there. I realized later that the reason was partially that I had left behind my network of friends and family. Finding work in an area where you know no one and where you are not even familiar with where and how things are, is much more difficult than regrouping where you currently are.

Fayette County Georgia has long been a prosperous place, and for the last twenty five years or more has enjoyed a growth and building boom that has made jobs plentiful in many areas and has contributed to a great quality of life. Especially in the past several years, the building in this area has boomed, creating many jobs. Currently, the boom has begun to bomb. Even though many in this area don’t want to admit it, and many others just don’t want to talk about it, we are beginning to experience the sad results of a declining economy that most other areas are. People are losing their jobs daily, businesses are closing down, and projects are being delayed or cancelled. The national economic situation has a much more widespread domino effect than most people seem to realize. It is not over by far and will eventually affect us all in one way or another.

If I were you, I would remain where you are and where you currently have family, friends and contacts. I really don’t think that right now, one area of this country is any better off than another for long.

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 2:50pm.

I am wishing you and your family good fortune, whether you stay in MN or relocate to GA.

"I can't wait until tomorrow, because I get more lovable every day."

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Submitted by raevenbox on Tue, 02/17/2009 - 1:18pm.

How is Geogia doing now in the bad economy?
Minnesota is up to 9% for unemployment now. I think I heard them on the news the other night saying the the midwest is the hardest hit now, up to 12% total.

We are still planning on oving, but now, we are saving money. So we can have enough money to actually get all of our things down there and find a home to rent.

The hardest part I foresee is finding a job in GA without leaving MN. I almost had one in October, before the recession hit (or depression if you want to call it that.). I was #2 on the list. Then they chose someone who was their last person to interview.

Any suggestions to how I can get a decent job in GA without leaving MN just yet? We have the money now, but are waiting until June or I get a job or interview first

Submitted by ptcmom678 on Wed, 02/18/2009 - 7:51am.

Trying to seem calm on the surface, and paddling like hell to stay afloat underneath. Unemployment rate not much better than MN. You DID ask. On the plus side, we've been in short sleeves for part of this week, and I'm hearing rain fall rather than snow.

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Submitted by raevenbox on Thu, 02/19/2009 - 12:55pm.

It is like that here as well. Except that I have no one to hand me a paddle or show me where one is. We don't talk to family (long story).

Jobs here are bad. I went back to driving school bus until we move down there. School gets out in June and that's when we are planning on moving. I just wonder how we can get jobs there when we are way up here. Seems impossible!

I have my MN CDL with passenger and school bus endorsement. I wonder if any jobs will be available for driving in June? I can find my way around pretty well for being out of the state.

The temp here today is 0 (zero). But it feels like -15. And they are talking snow later this week into next week. I hate MN!

BTW: How hot does it get down there? And when is it the hottest?

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