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BJ in Louisville, Kentucky

34 months ago

God bless you, Mbshelley. Your story is typical of what most Louisvillians are going through right now and it's truly awful. At least I'm not the only one who's having trouble finding a decent-paying job.

You are so right about the medical field - it really is saturated. My folks are the ones who are pushing me into that. They buy into what the media says about how there's all sorts of jobs in the medical field. They actually want me to go back to school and do med school, pharmacy school, nursing school, or dental school. I've been doing loads more research than they have. When I tell them there aren't many jobs in the medical field, they don't believe me and think I'm making it up. Not to mention that I don't even have the money to put myself through any of these programs anyway. I'd be nearly 40 by the time I finished and still would be in the same place I'm in now but with thousands of dollars in student loan debt and either no job or another low-wage job.

Government jobs are also hard to get too, and now there are fewer and fewer of those jobs to apply for. I was lucky I had a temp job as a data transcriber at the census bureau two years ago, and that only lasted 5 months (even though our not to exceed date was the end of December and they never told us how long it was going to last).

My little part-time job I have now is somewhat skilled as you have to have a bachelor's degree to do what I'm doing, but I only work about one or two weeks a month (except for the summer months when the kids are out of school) and the pay is a joke - $10 an hour. Seriously. And I don't get health benefits either.

I'll continue to work on my billing and coding certificate, but when I finish it, I will not get my hopes up about finding a job in either one of those two fields because I know I probably still won't be able to get one. Louisville should really be called "impossibility city" - there's nothing possible here unless you know someone.

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Mbshelley in Louisville, Kentucky

34 months ago

BJ my in-laws are under the assumption that all you need is a good factory job and you will have it made, bwahahaha! Unless it's union and you are under 30 don't hold your breath, plus those jobs go to cousins, kids or other shirttail relations. I wish I had gone and gotten my Microsoft certification, IT seems to be growing.

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BJ in Louisville, Kentucky

34 months ago

More epic Humana fail. I just got another rejection e-mail from them for a Grievance Appeals Specialist job I applied for back in September. It said that I was not selected for an interview because they decided to move forward with other candidates - one of those typical form-letter type e-mails.

This means that of all of the positions I applied for last fall, I only got a phone interview for one of them and they rejected my application 10 minutes after the phone interview ended. All of the other positions I applied to I simply got rejections for because Humana decided not to interview me.

Humana is only hiring friends and relatives, not outsiders. Do not believe the media and don't waste your time applying to this place. This so-called equal opportunity employment law does not go far enough. All a company like Humana has to do is post a job up on the internet saying they're hiring and they've complied with the law, when in reality, they haven't really complied with it because they're still only hiring insiders. Companies are continuing to discriminate and are still getting away with it.

Thousands of people are out of work or underemployed in this town and our mayor and state governor could care less. It really makes me angry. Gotta love this impossible city of ours.

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Mierda in Louisville, Kentucky

34 months ago

Your point is well taken. But, to comply with compliance part of the law does not require them to look beyond the four walls of the building. That said, they are worthless to our city. They over charge in premiums and its likely that they under pay on claims. But still, they do employee a lot of people in our city. You should do like many others and take your abilties elsewhere. This a loser city. I have three degrees and would never waste one more moment in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rednecks and Hillbillies run the place. I wish you luck, and hope you move as soon as you can.

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BJ in Louisville, Kentucky

34 months ago

"But, to comply with compliance part of the law does not require them to look beyond the four walls of the building."

This is the part of the law I was referring to that I disagree with. You put it much clearer than I did. Thanks, Mierda.

All of what you are saying I 100% agree with. I am going to do my best to get out of here because Louisville and this entire state of Kentucky are loserville. I have only one degree (University of Louisville is not getting any more of my money for their overpriced pieces of paper that offer zero guarantee of gainful employment) and I'm working on a certificate right now. I plan to get a few more certificates under my belt and then I'm going to start applying for work out of state.

All of these comments from everyone have been very insightful and helpful. Thank you.

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Chuck in Louisville, Kentucky

34 months ago

Louisville is a dead end road and even as someone with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, accounting experience, and manufacturing experience its laughable how things work here. I'm heading out in the spring when the weather gets warmer and I can afford to move either north, east, or even west. My wife is from Northern KY and has lived in Louisville for 20 years and she is so sick of this place and the total incompetence of the local employers. People that lose job applications and information repeatedly, promote people they know over people who are more competent, state government that can't balance its budget or get anything else done. Employers here value people that they know and will pass up good candidates rather than hire those with the degree and experience. You know why? Because they can pay one of the good old boys much less. That explains a lot to me and I won't feel bad about getting out. Its strange because I can apply for 100 jobs and do it between each city of Indianapolis, Cincy, Louisville. I always get the most replies from either Cincinnati or Indianapolis. Louisvile its generally nothing. I guess I don't belong to the local megachurch or give my money to Pastor Billy Bob or get drunk with the locals. My education here works against me because I attended college across the river in Indiana and for some reason you get the attitude from the locals because you're not from around here. I was told by a recruiter that I was too energetic and fast paced. Now how stupid is that and to have one of these illiterate morons tell me that I'm bitter or I'm upset because I worked for 10 years in manufacturing to get a degree while paying for my school while working full time. Screw Louisville!! Its obvious that education and hard work doesn't matter in Louisville.

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BJ in Louisville, Kentucky

34 months ago

Ugh, you hit all the nails on the head, Chuck. Recruiters are a joke - I hate 'em. I've had so many recruiters from these so-called staffing agencies call me up and try to hire me for $9 and $10 an hour data entry jobs. I love data entry and I'm good at it - so good at it that I want to be paid well for what I do. And with a college diploma under my belt and years of office and typing experience, I deserve to be paid a fair living wage. I used to answer the phone for recruiters, but now when one calls I don't respond to them anymore. Another thing I don't like about them is the fact that they want two or three references. If you're someone like me who hasn't had much work in the last couple of years, there is literally no way in hell you're going to get three references, especially if those places you've worked are no longer in business. I've already talked to someone else on these forums in another thread, and he told me that any recruiter that asks for references for a temp job is not someone you want to waste your time with anyway. My advice on recruiters from temp agencies is to avoid at all costs.

As to your analysis on Louisville in general, you couldn't be any more right. I've lived here my whole life and was born and raised here, but my parents are not connected. That has made life tough for me on so many levels, especially in school. I didn't really fit in because my parents weren't wealthy and didn't belong to so-and-so church, and I was mostly a loner just trying to make it through and get my diploma and my college degree. And now, I'm having a tough time trying to find a job because I don't have any friends or connections of my own. The reason my education works against me is because nearly all of the jobs here are low-wage slave positions and my degree disqualifies me for most of those because employers consider me to be overqualified.

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BJ in Louisville, Kentucky

34 months ago

I've applied for hundreds of positions in the last five years and have been disqualified just because I'm not connected. Employers make up all of this bs that they have decided to pursue other candidates who are more qualified when I am more than qualified to do the jobs I have applied for. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to be a receptionist, data entry clerk, administrative assistant, or even a medical office assistant in a doctor's office. I learn quickly and with training I would be proficient within a very short amount of time.

What infuriates me even more is now you have to go back to school to get a piece of paper that says you can be a billing and coding specialist, or an office assistant, or whatever and even after you get your certification they STILL won't hire you because you're not connected. It's a joke, and a very unfunny joke at that.

I'm not sure when I'll be able to leave since I'm still stuffing away money in a relocation fund, but rest assured I am not staying here. I hate it here. You and your wife and all of the other folks here who are leaving Louisville are doing the right thing - there's no future here. Education does not pay, regardless of what Kentucky's sign says at the state line, unless you are connected and one of the good ol' boys. Nor does hard work pay either.

Kentucky is a broken state and until we elect competent regular average non-wealthy people who want to change this state for the better, it's always going to remain corrupt with a super-inflated unemployment rate. I can tell you, whatever the media says, Louisville's unemployment rate is a lot higher than the 8% or 9% they continue to tout - try about 30% or 40% or higher.

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Mark in Louisville, Kentucky

32 months ago

Host said: What companies are fueling growth in Louisville? Why are they a great employer?

I work for Humana. It is interesting to drive or walk down miain street at 9am (I report at 7:30). You will see 100s of Indians from India walking to Humana taking white collar jobs. This is money going out of the community and out of the us. At what point do reasonable people tell elected politicians enough is enough?

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none in Louisville, Kentucky

32 months ago

No matter where you are and what the situation. Things will work out. Look with in and have faith. Life is not as it seems. Just have faith and do not listen to the world and its grief. Just put your head down, do the best you can. Remember never judge anything and always be content with what you have. I am broke but I have learned that life is not what i see but its what I do not see. People have taken from me, and put me down but its not important for what I am because of what I have been through is important. Just have faith I promise things will be better than ever for you.

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Mierda in Louisville, Kentucky

32 months ago

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This is from their oficial site. There is additional language, but can't use the site just solicit and sell your products. However, you can share company information as it relates to job opportunities. I wish you luck, but sharing this information does not run afoul of the user agreement. That just nonsense.

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dlb3303 in Cicero, Illinois

32 months ago

Mierda in Louisville, Kentucky said: The Indeed message boards, other forums, as well as other opportunities to post, hosted by Indeed and its designees (collectively, the "Forums") are designed to help readers obtain career and company information and discuss ways to make career decisions. This information is provided by outside contributors, many of whom use anonymous screen names. They may occasionally post messages or make statements that are misleading, deceptive, or downright wrong. Indeed does not endorse and is not responsible for any opinion, advice, information, or statement made or displayed on the Forums by third parties. You acknowledge that by accessing the Forums, you may come into contact with content that you find harmful, offensive, threatening, indecent or objectionable and you acknowledge that Indeed shall have no liability to you for the content including, but not limited to explicit language and other potentially offensive material.

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James in Louisville, Kentucky

32 months ago

Bachelor's and Master's degrees that get passed over for jobs and employment because either they aren't from around here or they don't have the proper ties rather than the education and ambition. That being said, Louisville employers like to hire dolts because they don't have to pay them anything and they know that with their glass ceiling that exists against a lot of people that they won't move up or have enough funds to escape the miserable rotten place. For those of you from Kentucky who have never been out of the state except to Florida to vacation, there is a much different world out there than the standard back scratching inbred paradise called Kentucky or Louisville for that matter.

See, something else I have to mention is that when I moved to Louisville in 2008 I had no real preconceptions or misconceptions about the place but to give it an honest chance. I had visited Kentucky on several occasions, met a few strange people, and then went back north. No big deal. Until you live here and see the rampant socialist mentality and total laziness of people in various professions. From police officers that cop and attitude when you ask about their doing of a job that needs to be done to employers that lose your application or resume. From employers that can't spell the words right when they are critiquing your resume. It's obvious that in Louisville, a city of 740,000, there are a lot of imbeciles in the workplace and employment environment. They enjoy doing things in the most stupid manner that they can. For example, I had an employer once call me in regard to a job in sales and technical matters. However, I ended up respectfully calling this person back to express my interest in the position which paid about 70,000. Well after several instances of my calling this person back over a couple days and them not returning my call, I finally had enough. So I waited, and waited, and waited and never got a call back despite leaving messages

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Chris Johnson in Indianapolis, Indiana

29 months ago

WOW, I hate that so many folks are upset with the employment opportunities in Louisville. I'm from Louisville and I've held several great jobs last being at HUMANA and was promoted twice during my 3 1/2 years. I'm in Indy and I plan to move back within the next few months and to be honest over the last few months have had 6 interviews and just this week 3 phone interviews. My hardest decision is deciding where I'll land. Even a HUMANA recruiter responded to my resume for a Consultant in Medicare but I'm not looking to go back, great company though. I have an MBA from IWU and a lot of experience in supply chain and management. I think my resume and they way I approach each job interview has something to do with my "luck" in finding employment. I don't know any hiring managers nor do I have any hook ups just plain hard work. Is it hard? YES!!!!!! I've been looking to come back for about 4-5 months after 3 years here so now I wait. Please remember to think positively about your situation and remember God is still on the throne.... Negative out to the universe Negative back to you....

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JBVO in Louisville, Kentucky

29 months ago

Chris, were you offered any jobs after all of the interviews you've had in the last few months? If you haven't had any offers or taken a job, I don't really see the point of your post.

Most of the rest of the people who live here are having a very rough time finding jobs. If you're not connected, it doesn't matter how wonderful your resume is. Louisville always has been a who-you-know kind of town and now even more so with the economy the way it is.

I applied for a job with Humana too and I had a phone interview - 10 minutes after the phone interview, I received a rejection e-mail even though I was verbally told I'd be moving on to the next phase of the hiring process and would hear back about an in-person interview. Just because you got an offer with them doesn't mean that everyone will get a job there.

And guess what else, Chris? There are LOTS of people in Louisville with MBAs who are either unemployed or working a low-wage part-time job. You can get all of the high-end degrees you want, but none of them will guarantee you a job in a depression like the one we're in right now.

Louisville's real unemployment rate - not the unemployment rate the media touts - is close to about 35% or 40%. The only companies coming here are low-wage outfits with no-future jobs. We have lots of recent college graduates who are also having a hard time finding a job and a lot of those people have high-end degrees and a lot of experience just like you do.

And if you're someone without a job or someone about to lose their unemployment and be forced to live on the streets, it's hard to really think positively about that kind of a situation. Prayer is important, yes, but prayer alone isn't magically going to get a job placed in your lap.

Personally, you'd be better off staying in Indy - it's a bigger city with a lot more opportunities than this small country bumpkin town of ours has. But to each their own.

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Chris Johnson in Indianapolis, Indiana

29 months ago

JBVO, as of today of those 6 interviews, each employer I had 2/3 interviews which took some time as they had to work with my schedule, I have two solid offers and one I'm negotiating with now. I turned down Humana and the other two are kicking their feet. I'm in Louisville several times a month and I'm aware of the bleak unemployment BUT college 101 teaches that we should go where the jobs are, Sallie Mae won't wait as you are aware lol I've had several close friends move to the east coast and they LOVE it!! I guess I just love my city and FYI INDY SUCKS!!! I think my next move might be west... This place isn't for the young professional rather the married couple in my opinion.. My background is in supply chain and Management. What is your field of study?? I should honestly go into HR as I hear more about jobs for other folks than me lol

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JBVO in Louisville, Kentucky

29 months ago

Chris Johnson in Indianapolis, Indiana said: JBVO, as of today of those 6 interviews, each employer I had 2/3 interviews which took some time as they had to work with my schedule, I have two solid offers and one I'm negotiating with now. I turned down Humana and the other two are kicking their feet. I'm in Louisville several times a month and I'm aware of the bleak unemployment BUT college 101 teaches that we should go where the jobs are, Sallie Mae won't wait as you are aware lol I've had several close friends move to the east coast and they LOVE it!! I guess I just love my city and FYI INDY SUCKS!!! I think my next move might be west... This place isn't for the young professional rather the married couple in my opinion.. My background is in supply chain and Management. What is your field of study?? I should honestly go into HR as I hear more about jobs for other folks than me lol

Lots of people, if they have the income to do so, are leaving Louisville and going elsewhere because of how bleak the job market is here. The only people who stay are those who cannot afford to relocate - they are the ones having a very difficult time.

I'm glad you were able to find something, but for the vast majority of the people who live here, it's a daily struggle. Our real unemployment rate is very very high and there are a lot more people having a tough time finding work here than ever before.

I'd love Louisville a little more if more living-wage jobs came here instead of low-wage junk. This town calls itself a possibility city, but it's impossible to live on the low-wage jobs Louisville continues to pump in every year. If Louisville wants to be a possibility city, they need to actually walk the walk and bring decent-wage jobs here instead of more retail, fast food, and call centers.

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Bill in Louisville, Kentucky

29 months ago

Chris, frankly your case may be different than most of the rest of us. I personally know at least 20 something people in Louisville who are well educated and have at least a bachelor's degree in a real field whether it be computer science, business, or technical disciplines and have had a terrible time finding work. Its my personal experience that Louisville is one of those towns where you better know someone or you'll be working the evening shift at a restaurant, coffee house, or some retail establishment. Obviously, you're a bit younger than me in my mid 30s and I see what a bunch of rot the local economy and job market consists of. I've applied at hundreds of positions just this spring and received maybe 2 job interviews at the most. However, I've applied at nearly the same in Indianapolis and get called all the time.

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Bill in Louisville, Kentucky

29 months ago

Having lived in both Indianapolis and Louisville at points in my life, I would choose Indianapolis over Louisville for jobs and quality of jobs any day. I've also lived for some time in Cincinnati and a while in Lexington. I'll put it this way if I was to pick places to live out of those four it would be first off Indianapolis, Cincy, Lexington and Louisville dead last. You need to live where you can find work and keep work to keep a roof over your head. Louisville might have some nice cultural things and have things like the whole Highlands Scene, Downtown Louisville, and the whole East End lifestyle but overall for a great many people and not just a few, its an abysmal experience unless you are in healthcare, law, or some other growing field in Louisville. Which there are few. Louisville is a falling apart and dilapidated former manufacturing town and with educational levels low in most areas. Downtown and the East End are exceptions with a lot of yuppies. Even business magazines like Forbes rank Louisville low on job creation and finding decent jobs. Same goes for the Brookings Institution and where Louisville ranks 16th out of 17 peer cities including St. Louis, Indy, Cincy, Charlotte, Nasvhille for jobs. That speaks volumes. A friend of mine who grew up in the same small county in Southern Indiana recently graduated from Bellarmine. After applying to 350 some jobs this spring in Louisville and finding nothing except for working as a retail clerk at the small, he said screw it and moved back to Indiana and actually ended up in Indianapolis this last month making about 17 an hour to start. He was about to be thrown out on his ear in Louisville because his part time retail job wouldn't pay the rent and with his college he couldn't get anything else here. Same goes for a young woman that applied for a job in business at a local big restaurant chain that is headquartered in the Springs area of St. Matthews.

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Bill in Louisville, Kentucky

29 months ago

The young woman applied and went to the interview and their response was that you can have the job but we're only going to pay you 8.50 an hour. Well she laughed in the face of the recruiter and HR person in attendance and walked out. 8.50 an hour is nothing for someone with student loans and college under their belt. Her response was to also go to Indianapolis. Its quite common that people from Louisville are increasingly going to Indianapolis or Cincy or elsewhere to find work. As soon as I get the rest of my situation here finished up I'm going to be heading off to Indianapolis with my wife and son and we're going to make something of this life. In Louisville, the local employers here want a bunch of minimum wage nincompoops that will never question anything and you can see the rot in general offices and amongst people in Louisville. Its no wonder this so called possiblity city is a joke to so many people. About like the so called Louisville business community running off to Washington DC this week talking about what to do to fix the economy. They can't even get the economy moving in Louisville. Oh but course, they love those just above minimum wage jobs. This isn't my assessment but its the assessment of hundreds of people that I've talked to in Louisville since about 2008 and even before that. Louisville is truly a pretend city with a lot of pretend people with their narcissistic personalities and mentality to boot. I regularly tell people from out of state not to come here unless you're bringing a large sum of money and a good business plan because you will need it to start a business because otherwise jobs are largely nonexistent. A lot of the problem is the fact that the JCPS is 118th out of 154 Kentucky school districts as per the US Department of Education. Not exactly a sterling assessment of a system that is one of the best funded in all of Kentucky which is a state that ranks in the bottom 10 in most all categories including education, income, etc.

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Todd Franklin in Louisville, Kentucky

28 months ago

Louisville has very few jobs. But that hasn't stopped them from taking in thousands of refugees who will take any job they can find for any amount of money. Good place to live if your already a millionaire terrible if you cant even find a part time job at mcdonalds which i say good luck

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Todd Franklin in Louisville, Kentucky

28 months ago

Or you can work at one of our lovely temp service scams. Which are a big waste of time unless you need a quick buck.

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Tonya Carruthers in Mckinney, Texas

27 months ago

I am looking for a couple of FT inside sales reps to work at our lot in Louisville, KY. I am with JD Byrider and we have exciting opportunities with growth. This role is base plus commission and can start ASAP. Must have a solid work history, clear background, able to pass a drug screen. Please send me your resume at tcarruth@jdbyrider.com if you are interested.

Thanks

Tonya Carruthers

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Mbshelley in Taylorsville, Kentucky

24 months ago

Well it's been 9 months since my last post and I'm wondering if anyone has had any luck looking for work in Louisville? Still working the night shift at a menial labor position. Stopped applying with Humana, still applying with USAJobs.gov and haven't garnered a single interview, although qualified but, not referred. Waiting to hear some good news from anyone in the area.

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jahennessy067@gmail.com in Louisville, Kentucky

16 months ago

RJ in Louisville, Kentucky said: I am a homeless college graduate in Louisville, Kentucky with no job prospects in sight. I graduated from the University of Louisville in May. Imagine the stress of trying to stay above water while paying for expensive seizure medication for your little brother, taking 7 college courses and trying to graduate on time. I have been hitting the pavement looking for a job (like $7 an hour jobs, I am not picky) since last year while I was still in school, even willing to volunteer so that I can gain experience in the field I earned a degree in and prove myself. NOTHING! People won't even let you volunteer. There aren't any resources for homeless people either. Wayside Christain Mission, Volunteers of America and Salvation Army are jokes, and they treat you really bad. Just call and inquire about their services, you would think you were calling and asking to borrow 1 million dollars. I am ashamed of my situation. But I don't need to be disrespected, I need hope. And I want to get back on my feet (I hate asking people for help or seeking shelter), but I don't know how without stability or a stable income. Turning to family is not an option. So instead of being treated like crap and dealing with peoples nastiness, I have been living out of my car (even in the gruesome dangerous summer heat) for the past 3 months, sometimes having the luxury of going to a cheap run down crime infested motel every now and then, selling plasma for gas money and food . It doesn't even matter that I am putting my life in danger, I welcome death at this point.

So I guess the reason I am saying all of this is.... is well, if you think your situation is bad, just look at mine. Be thankful for what you have. And by all means, go to another city . Louisville sucks. As soon I get the money, I am going on faith and moving to another city.

God bless you brother. How are things now? I have experienced some of what you mentioned above.

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jahennessy067@gmail.com in Louisville, Kentucky

16 months ago

DRB9701 in Hurst, Texas said: Come to Texas!!!
After being a lifelong KY resident, I loaded up my car and came to Texas! This place is overflowing with opportunity. The wages are higher and the cost of living is lower and everyone is so nice! Oh, and they do not take state taxes out of your check.
I hope that you are okay. You are to be commended for earning your degree and working so hard to care for yourself and your family.
:)

I've heard about cities such as Dallas Metro and Austin among a few for some good employers in the IT arena. I hear you.

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jahennessy067@gmail.com in Louisville, Kentucky

16 months ago

jahennessy067@gmail.com in Louisville, Kentucky said: I've heard about cities such as Dallas Metro and Austin among a few for some good employers in the IT arena. I hear you.

I hear the unemployment rate has not changed before the recession and after. I think it is 3.9%

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