unemployment rate highest in state history

United States
October 9, 2009 4:33am CST
The unemployment rate in the country is around 9% but Oregon, specifically Portland, is at an all time high with 12.7%! And right now at this moment my husband and I are both part of that 12.7% and that can make life tough. But what makes it worse is when you hear on the news that 300 people show up for several pizza jobs! 300 people! I can only imagine how many people have applied for the same types of jobs we've been applying for! But what's even worse than the competition within your own city, is when you find out that of those 300 people they talked about trying to get a pizza job, 75% of them were from out of state! Now that's infuriating! As if it's not bad enough that we have to compete with 1,000's of people from our own state but now it seems we have to compete with those who are from other states. Talk about disheartening and frustrating!
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• United States
9 Oct 09
I know you are frustrated. I am in Florida and the job market isn't too much different then Oregon's. I work in a welfare office with many that have experienced job loss. I spoke with a woman the other day and she said that her husband couldn't get a job around here, but he got one in Nebraska, imagine that... I know this frustrates you when people go elsewhere to secure employment, but their intentions are pure and the only thing they want to do is have the ability to support their families.
• United States
9 Oct 09
Which is exactly what we are trying to do here in Oregon. I don't understand though, why you would come to a place with such a high unemployment rate. Are they just not well informed?
• United States
9 Oct 09
I wonder about that myself. I think with the economy the way it is right now, people are implementing evasive measures to secure employment everywhere. It's like a coin toss with some people these days, heads I'll go to Texas, tales I'll go to Arkansas to find a job, hay whatever works I guess. I can't speak for Oregon, but here in Florida most of the time it's not what you know, it's who you know that will get you a good job.
@1hopefulman (32603)
• Canada
14 Oct 09
I sympathize with you at this time when the economic contditions are very difficult. I hope that you find some kind of employment to get through this period. A friend of mine once told me that tough times don't last but that tough people do. May that be true for you.