Comment: East Texas,

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East Texas,

just north of Houston. We escaped northern California last summer just before things got really bad. There, it took me a year and a half to find a decent job so I could get us out. Once we got here, it took me a day and a half to land a better job. It took my son a week to get something good. Where we were, he was lucky to get a part time, minimum wage job. The cost of living is lower so the dollar goes farther too. I'm nearly out of debt and am looking at foreclosures for sale.

Halliburton just laid off 80 people, but a friend of mine just got a job with them too. There are still more jobs than people. Unemployment is low. Pretty much the only people not working are the people that don't want to work. I know of at least one potential major employer that is rethinking moving to the area for lack of qualified help. Everyone that is qualified is already working.

We just got a new Olive Garden and a new JCPenney. A couple of restaurants have closed but when I went to dinner with a friend last week, there was a 45 min wait. We're not feeling too much of a pinch here yet. After I sent out my Christmas cards/letters, half of California wants to move here.