I just ended a temporary job working at a plant that makes and bottles sauces. I have been looking feverishly for another job but to no avail.
I have experience in everything from computer consulting, repair and installation to T.V./Video production to assistant manager of a hardware store,
the list goes on and on.
I have noticed that the local help wanted ads where I live are drying up, you can open them everyday to see tumbleweed blowing across the page.
I'v tried employment agencies, applying in person and online, and it seems that every employer in my area is "getting by" with the staff that they
have and are not hiring anyone new.
I can't say that I blame them, I don't think that if I were in their position I would be hiring new employees during what could become possibly the
worst financial crisis in history either.
I am not the only one, two of my friends (who also have a wide range of experience, no criminal record etc) can not find work right now.
Luckily I have a little money saved, and a wonderful family who are helping me through this, but times ARE tough right now.
Even family members who are pretty well-off financially have slowed down their spending and are "tightening their belts" so to speak.
My state (Maine) has one of the highest tax burdens in the country.
People in California may pay higher taxes but the average pay rate is higher, and there is a higher population paying those taxes.
For our population, and the size of government we support, we are being crushed financially.
Maine People's Tax Burden Now The Highest
In a state where people are going into debt, taking out loans to buy heating fuel to get through the winter, our representatives are funding
multi-million dollar programs to study duck feces.
I think I can speak for the majority of my state when I say that most of us are financially hurting right now, with no light at the end of the tunnel
to be seen.