posted on Dec, 12 2012 @ 03:23 PM
Originally posted by BlesUTP
I don't know if Detroit has a civil service system for state government jobs, but if you can get something like that you don't necessarily need a
trade or a college degree.
I've been with NYS for around 5 years with just a High School Diploma and my salary breaks down to $16.15 an hour.
Yes there is a Road Commision and city services- But right now people here are fighting over Mcdonalds jobs (no exaggeration) and if any of those jobs
ever open up it will go to someone who "knows the right people".
I am not sure people realize how bad it is here- I moved back to MI 3 years ago and was astounded- Its worse now. The City I live in lost 12% of its
entire Jobs since Oct of 2011 and even Wal mart did not hire seasonal workers. My wife and I are fortunate (considering...) but are slowly losing all
of our savings just to make ends meet- But we are packing up and leaving State ASAP while we still have the money to do so.
Even A2 (seventh best city to find work in the USA) is either very high or very low skilled jobs with almost no manufacturing... When I left MI in
2003 things were just beginning to get bad. I grew up here and have nebver imagined the situation we are in- At 18 years old (in the 1990s) everyone I
knew owned a car, had a job (at least a job that paid a living wage) and many owned homes by 21- Now I see 30 year olds forced to go live back home
with Mom and Da and they are working full time...My City gave a multi Million dollar tax break to a Power Company (to move their HQ here) and it ended
up creating less than 15 jobs and they actually outsourced their entire IT department to India.
Things are bad here... The numbers do not tell the full story of how MI is being impacted- it isnt just Jobs but WAGES which are plummeting.
EDIT/Add- Also it isnt necessarily about having a "trade" or not- Electricians, Carpenters. CNC Lathe Operators, Platers, Millwrights, Iron Workers,
etc, etc, etc- These people have trades- But no jobs. These people are making Mc'Burgers and losing their homes while working as much as they can.
The ONLY answer is to move (honestly) where your trade is needed- That isnt always an option for some. I was a confined space rescue technician in a
highly skilled environment- Am Trained as a Medic, Firefighter 2, Hazwoper,etc- We used to train the firefighters in dealing with environmental and
confined space hazards and actually performed all environmental rescue and clean-up- If I said what I was doing now you would laugh- But my Company
essentially folded and there isnt very much work in manufacturing to warrant keeping us on- Being a medic will net me about $11/hour and is one of the
most stressful jobs ever (with terrible hours).
The problem isnt necessarily not having skills - But having skills that are needed now that everything is outsoursed and nobody has much money to go
out, do stuff and buy things like they used to.
edit on 12-12-2012 by DarKPenguiN because: (no reason given)