A few days ago I talked to a very good friend of mine who is still without a job. While a few places have been hiring here in Independence, Kansas, it's just not happening everywhere.
And unfortunately many people make the mistake of thinking that if they move to a bigger city there will be more job opportunities. Sure that part is true, but bigger cities also mean more people.
As of right now I know of 4 friends on the west coast who are without jobs and it sure doesn't look like the economy is going to get better anytime soon. So did they make a wise choice when they moved? Maybe, maybe not.
Everyone's situation varies and many of my friends who moved away did so for personal, not financial reasons. Still, everyone is in need of a job and until the economy picks back up the pickings are pretty darn slim.
For example: If you do a San Diego Job Search, you'll find there are a few decent jobs out there, but most don't pay enough or you need to go back to school in order to qualify.
For most of us, waiting around for a job or unemployment to kick in, is like waiting for the United States to allow gay marriages in every state. It just isn't going to happen anytime soon.
So we do what we can by working from home and budgeting every last penny just to survive. Is it working? Well, it depends on where you live. For my husband and I, Kansas is one of the more reasonable states, so we manage to get by, but barely. For my friends on the west coast where the cost of living is much higher, they're fighting to survive and it's an uphill battle that continues each and every day. Let's just hope things getter better sometime soon.