Education Career Services

March 30, 2009

Is now the time to be thinking of relocating?

As promised last Friday, here are a couple more common questions and my response to my radio appearance recently.  Hope this helps in your career pursuit…


Is now the time to be thinking of relocating?

 business man with career choices

Such a question should be addressed on an individual basis but let me offer a few ideas, I don’t want anyone packing based upon these comments as relocating is not something which should be done on the fly.  After all, December figures on unemployment recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that unemployment is up over last month in each of the 50 states.


If you are considering relocating, take into consideration the following:


  • California’s job loss from December 2007 to December 2008 was the greatest of all states
  • Arizona has lost 116,500 jobs since the recession began in December (2007)
  • Six states had unemployment rates of 9.0 percent or above, including California (9.3 percent), Nevada (9.1 percent) and Oregon (9.0 percent). The highest unemployment rate was Michigan’s 10.6 percent.

On the brighter side,

  • The lowest unemployment rate among all states was in Wyoming, at 3.4 percent. Only three other states (Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) had unemployment rates of 4.0 percent or below.
  • Texas added more jobs than any other state, while the nation as a whole was losing more than two million jobs.


Think about where you want to go; do you have a place to stay, are you prepared, and do you have a minimum of three (3) months of savings to handle living expenses?


What time frame should I give myself for my career search?  Is it realistic to think I can find something quickly?


Unless out of pure necessity, I do not encourage any of my clients to quit a job until a new one has been secured.  The reason, especially given today’s job market, predicting the length of time between jobs can be an impossible task.  On the national average, the average time between jobs is nine (9) months.  That’s along time; some are lucky to get a job within weeks while for many others it may take over a year. 


Good news is, there are job openings, some of the industries on the rise include:

  • Education, health care, and the federal government (which added 9,000 new jobs in February 09)
  • Some mortgage lending companies, notably those never involved in subprime or other exotic loans, are actually growing and hiring as larger competitors have folded.
  • Mortgage servicing companies – those that collect payments for the lenders that originated them – are also hiring as lower mortgage rates fuel mortgage refinance applications.
  • There is a 6% shortage of hospital pharmacists, and many drug stores are also looking to hire new pharmacists and pharmacist technicians.
  • Engineers of all kinds are in demand and face very low jobless rate of about 3%.
  • Nurses: Hospitals also need more nurses to care for the aging population and to replace those nearing retirement. Hospitals added 7,000 jobs of all kinds last month (February).
  • Veterinarians are particularly needed to serve livestock growers in rural areas. The US Government needs veterinarians needed to inspect slaughterhouses and undertake other food safety measures. The Labor Department projects that the number of veterinary jobs will grow by 35 percent by 2016.


As the length of this submission is beginning to go beyond readability, I am going to save the final common question asked while on the radio for tomorrow.  Promise it’s a question I hear just about every day and one you need to know the answer to…see you tomorrow!


Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP

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