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Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« on: April 06, 2009, 05:00:00 AM »
Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008



Over the past year, local job losses have been staggering.  Find out how Jacksonville ranks in raw employment growth against other metropolitan regions.

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Re: Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 08:49:36 AM »
that empty office space would make a great adaptive re-use story...

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Re: Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 09:07:36 AM »
I used to work for CSX Intermodal some years ago and that looks like office space in the AT&T Building (Southern Bell).  That could indeed be a story for adaptive re-use.

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Re: Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2009, 01:46:40 PM »
Hello all!  Long time, no talk...write...er, whatever.

Anywho, I'm in the top geographical areas for growth right now and am trying to get back to Jax.  From the looks of this, there are a lot of people already in Jax trying to find work as well :(
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Re: Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2009, 01:50:03 PM »
I take it you're not liking Dallas?
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2009, 02:04:21 PM »
~sighs~ Not everything it's cracked up to be.  Everything is SOOOO spread out.  It's difficult to build relationships with people you meet at work or other events because everyone lives 30 miles away from where you live.  We live in Grapevine which is a really cute historical city.  They do an excellent job promoting all the bike trails they have (paved and unpaved trails) and put on great events like this past weekend's, Weekend with Thomas, where they bring in an engine dressed up like Thomas the Train (https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/ThingsToDo/GrapevineVintageRailroad/EventsandTrainRides/ADayOutWithThomas/tabid/799/Default.aspx)...Ock would really love all the attention they pay to their railroad...even have a route that goes between Grapevine and Ft. Worth Stockyards.  It's just hard being in a new place where all it seems like you do is work, eat and sleep.  The weather here is crazy so you can't really plan for anything.  It's ALWAYS windy...and I mean like Jax Nor'easter windy, not a nice breeze.  We've had the tornado sirens go off twice and a huge hailstorm the other night that dented my truck pretty good.  Saturday it was sunny and 79 and today the high is 59 (was 37 this morning).  And all of this is "normal."  All the lakes are man-made so not a whole lot of natural landscape...I miss all the springs being so nearby. 

Having everything spaced so far out makes it a chore to go anywhere and do anything.  While it's only 20 miles between Ft. Worth and Dallas on a map, that 20 miles will take you over 2 hours to travel...even by train.  It's nothing but traffic around here.  I am really homesick for Riverside, San Marco, Avondale, and dare I say...Springfield;-)  Jacksonville has it's share of problems, but at least everyone was no more than 5 miles away from one another.  It's not uncommon for people here to drive over an hour to work each morning.  Think about that...that's like living in Daytona and driving to Jax every day for work or vice versa.  Could you do that?!?!?
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Re: Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2009, 02:23:33 PM »
 :D I hear ya... I used to live in San Jose.  Right smack dab in the middle of Silicon valley.  Traffic was hell... I had a 15 mile commute that more often than not took an hour.  Lots of things going on but you had an hour drive just to get out of the city...

Jax aint so bad... :)
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Re: Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2009, 02:30:51 PM »
In the words of Jimmy Buffet "if your ever going to Dallas don't." :D

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Re: Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2009, 02:54:42 AM »
Eh. Dallas has more going for it now than it did when I lived there (Highland Park) years ago. Downtown redevelopment, Deep Elum, Winnetka Heights, Bishop Arts District, etc. are all success stories. The Trinity River Project will be great. The city's always had great food, good shopping, and good arts, but I've never been able to get over the area's flat geographical features, its churchy, conservative vibe, or April days spent in the tornado closet.

I'm shocked that it's still gaining jobs. I'm sure my grandfather will point that out on my next visit ... after asking about how badly Florida is doing.   :D 

JAX is one of the smaller areas at the top of the job-loss list. Scary. Are the cuts mostly downtown or in the suburbs?

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Re: Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2009, 05:46:40 PM »
According the US Dept of Labor, Florida lost another 13,500 jobs between August 2009 and September 2009.

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/metro.pdf

Jacksonville lost more than half that number with a loss of 7,500 jobs. Gotta get some more jobs to keep people busy and making money for the local economy.
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Re: Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2009, 04:02:46 PM »
Jacksonville's economy likely to recover before other Florida cities, but when?

Real estate data aggregator Metrostody says while Jacksonville is poised to recover sooner than other areas of the state, the city’s climbing unemployment and 3.7 percent job loss rate keep a recovery on the horizon.

Anthony Crocco, director of Metrostudy’s North and Central Florida divisions, said in a release today that because the Jacksonville metropolitan area got a much lighter boost from the housing boom of 2004-06, its continuing fall back to earth will be less prolonged than in other cities in the state. And because Jacksonville’s economy also is buttressed by military bases and a shipping port, its recovery will be quicker than Florida cities that are less diversified, he said.
Hobbling the metro area, however, is a lack of job formation, Metrostudy wrote.

Between August 2008 and August 2009, Jacksonville metro lost 23,000 jobs. At the same time, the metro area’s unemployment rate reached 10.7 percent in September after holding at 10.6 percent for three months.

“While unemployment may be nearing its peak, a quick rebound in job formations is not forecast,” Metrostody wrote.

And while single-family home sales are back on the increase, slackening last year’s housing glut, foreclosures and short sales — sales in which a mortgage holder accepts less for a home than what is owed on the mortgage — are continuing to batter pricing.

“Unfortunately, distressed housing is still working into the market, and we expect at least another few quarters of high-volume short-sale and foreclosure activity,” Crocco said in a Metrostody release.

But, Crocco said, the pricing drops here appear to be stabilizing, compared to other Florida cities.

Single-family housing starts were down by about 25 percent in the third quarter as compared to the third quarter of 2008, Metrostudy wrote.

But there was good news when comparing home construction to the second quarter of 2009. The number of homes being built increased by 104 — from 916 to 1,020 — in the third quarter, Metrostody noted.

http://jacksonville.com/business/2009-11-03/story/jacksonvilles_economy_likely_to_recover_before_other_florida_cities_but_wh

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Re: Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2009, 04:31:44 PM »
I have a question about these job statistics...are they only reporting that from the rolls of those receiving unemployment, or are they also counting those of us who were forced to resign (job politics/future eligibility for rehire) and can't collect unemployment?  If it's the former, the picture may be a little bit bleaker than they project. 

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Re: Top Job Gainers and Losers of 2008
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2009, 05:51:10 PM »
The first number reported for unemployment, typically, is the non-farm payrolls. The "other" number they report 2nd is normally the percent that are unemployed, off benefits, and who have given up looking for work. So an 11% rate for Jax, may well be 14 or 15% if you look at the complete number. Could be higher or lower, but with 1.1 million Floridians out of work, that is a staggering number no matter the percentage.
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