I can’t drive more than a mile without seeing a Now Hiring! sign which, honestly, feels surreal and a bit creepy.
Since the U.S Recession (2007-2009) I’ve spent a great deal of time hunting for work and I’ve never seen anything like this. I’d like to jump for joy in how well the economy is doing, however I can’t shake my skepticism.
The following make me wonder what’s up:
- As I mentioned, I cannot go a mile without seeing at least one Now Hiring! sign. I typically only see a handful within the 40 mile radius of my city.
- I saw a school bus parked side-wise by the road in front of an elementary school with a huge sign “In need of bus drivers!” With smaller signs up all around the county. Wow, they are desperate. They can’t typically spare even one single school bus as kids sit 3-to-seat.
- Big graphic displays on front of stores and shops, showing when and how to apply with interview hours listed.
- On indeed.com there are over 3,000 job openings in my area of 200,000 residents. Typically I see 200!
- Most jobs now have pay scale listed on the advertisement so you don’t have to guess. That’s unusual.
- Pay is higher than I typically see for the same work.
- I have gotten several “hits” on my resume and a few calls for job interviews. So, like, where was this when I was desperately seeking other week when employed???
All great signs, right? I just wonder, why now? All of a sudden, it seems.
Here’s what has me concerned:
- I’ve seen a dramatic increase in the amount of retiree-age individuals working at lower-pay and lower-skilled jobs. In the past few months I can’t count how many grandmas I’ve seen working along side teenagers and I think maybe it’s because they have to work and can’t retire.
- In the past four years there has been a 25% increase in the housing costs. In my area due to 2018’s Hurricane Florence many owners are unable to fix up their homes and families are moving into much smaller apartments for the same pay.
- The average resident in my area pays 40-85% of their income on housing, which is pretty comparable to most Americans. Which kinda sucks because your not supposed to spend more than 30% of your income so you can afford to actually pay for other necessities as well.
- With the amount of job openings it just *feels* like people are fleeing the area. And that can’t be good for the local economy.
Who knows, maybe my intuition is wrong and I’m just skeptical because I haven’t historically seen a lot of benefit to myself personally. I hope I’m wrong.
P.S. Yes, I’m writing more. I need to get this plethora of ideas “out there” to quiet my mind. Thanks for stickin’ around.