Where do I begin with this.
I resuscitated the job search late this April.
I signed up for Indeed. At first, there were many posts…I got a lot of interviews but no offers and then the posts dried up at the end of June and has been dry since then.
As for me, I got a swift shock when I sat down and toted up my monthly — and then yearly expenses for my cost of living.
I am still here at this crummy crummy apartment — the rent is almost $1400 — there is a 5.5% increase yearly, as mandated by, I think, the county — and I am still tied to that bin, that is holding all of the furniture and my belongings for the past 3 years.
In essence, my monthly rent is over $1800, counting the bin and the rent for this apartment.
I do not go out, I do not go on vacations and I don’t buy clothes, unless it is a necessity.
The rest of my expenses are food, car insurance, the 3-way-phone/internet/cable bill, gas and electric.
I am being swamped and back in August, when I saw how much per year I am spending, just to live… I nearly shit my pants.
If I got a $38,000 per year job?
I won’t be able to cut it financially.
After taxes, that job will net me about 26 grand…I need about 50 grand to stay in the black and there is no job that I will be able to get that will pay me 50K per year.
The part time jobs don’t even seem to be available anymore. To make up the deficit…I’d have to work a solid chunk of hours per week and that chunk of hours has to be guaranteed indefinitely. And we all know part timers are always the first to go when a company wants to tighten its belt.
You no longer work to earn a living — in NJ you are working to feed an economic monster. You have little money for your own disposal
The money just is not here anymore. The jobs are not here anymore — I think New Jersey is done for, cost of living wise. The cost of living goes up each year and salaries are not keeping up with the cost of living. Nobody gets a raise anymore. I never got a raise at my last 3 jobs.:( Nothing — open up my check on the last pay period of the year and I have the same damn amount looking me in the face.:(
I am nearly 61. Like it or not, I haven’t got many years left in the workforce.
We have lost nearly 64,000 jobs in this area between 1993 and December of 2014 — those 64,000 jobs were concentrated in a radius that comprised 3 towns. This is the hub that was Passaic-Clifton-Nutley.
Roche closed for good in December of 2014. Genentech, the company that owns them, decided they did not want a NJ campus. They were phased out over 3 years’ time.
2 hospitals closed; went out of business — I can’t see how — business was booming there and always was — and the third one that’s left isn’t so great.
One of the hospitals that closed had a residency program and was a leader in heart surgery.
Roche closed, Givudan is gone, both ADPs were absorbed by Roseland and Shulton is gone — gone after Cyanamid was bought out by some other company. ITT was a goner when the Iron Curtain fell in 1991; ITT no longer exists because of that.
64,000 jobs and nothing at all to replace them.:(
In their place: retail, housing and a mixed-use commercial building where Givudan stood.
Nothing is where one of the former hospitals was…and the former St. Mary’s is vacant. No buyer for the property.
Mary’s took over the Passaic General building; Passaic Gen went out of business.
Why do we need a medical school and start-up companies? that is what is there now on the former Roche campus.:( That’s not going to bring us 31,000 jobs for all skill sets and every education level.
I guess my only choice is to relocate to a cheaper state. If I stay here, I will be slaughtered financially. I can’t and won’t blame myself: I am what I am and what I did for a living I did for a living. it is what it is and I have to find somewhere else to live.:( Not this state — I am finished here.:(
Who thinks this is going to happen to them — and who thinks this state is going to more or less be only for the high earners???:(
You know how property taxes are here — effing sky high — and landlords are greedy. The least expensive 3 bedroom is perhaps about what I am paying, maybe $800 less per month than what I pay, if you are lucky. And most of these people are multiple property owners, like the one who owns my building. I never even got a stove when I moved in here! he never told me “Stove is yours to take care of.”
When I first saw these rooms, there was a stove here. he was busy pulling up the old carpet…I came here 2 weeks ahead of my move-in date to paint and no stove. I figured he’d have it here by April 1, which was my official first day here; 4-1 comes and no stove. I call him asking “”Where’s the stove” and that is when he tells me I have to provide it MYSELF.
I have one of those old stovetop ranges….this is a 1960 apartment that was never updated…but no stove. Buy it myuself? NO…because I’d be stuck with it. I have a countertop oven…and I think it is packing it in.:(
Not what we agreed upona nd nowhere in the lease does it say “provide your own stove.” Guy downstairs…same thing….and that other apartment downstairs where the screaming tenant was…that stove got thrown out. New tenant is there and I am 100% sure the landlord provided a stove for him.:( I would LOVE to find out somehow.