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I have worked since I was a seven-year-old farm boy. Worked 25 years in blue-collar jobs, went to college as an adult and while working and got two college degrees, and then worked another 25 years in techical jobs. Though I was grateful for the work, realized I would have nothing without it, and was competent and productive in every position I was ever in, I essentially hated every job I ever had. This was due to either incompetent bosses, difficult and exhausting physical or mental work, extrordinarily long hours, long commutes, inadequate compensation, lack of management direction or equipment, or lazy and unproductive co-workers that increased my work load without increasing my paycheck. If you have a job or profession you love, you are fortunate and I am happy for you. For most people, work is a necessary evil that provides income, but very little else as far as personal satisfaction or happiness. I'm just damn glad I am finally retired and can do or not do whatever I want to, and have put aside enough money over the years to live on for the rest of my life..
Thank NAFTA and the world trade org. This is where we lost our manufacturing jobs back in 2000.
We have to compete with countries with no epa regulations and use slave labor. We need to bring back tariffs on products from places that don't have the same set of rules. The owners of this country won't let the government do that because they are making too much money. We need to remove lobbying from politics before we can improve our country.
What's up with Middletown NY? The median income is over 60K and everyone is still miserable? Is that because they are New Yorkers who complain about everything or is that because 10 years ago the median income was probably around 80-90K?
If this eastern panhandle area of West Virginia was close enough to No. VA to be considered a metro area, it would easily top the list, the number of people here who are overly dissatisfied with their job and/or their employers greatly overwhelms the 46% claim of a positive supervisor/employee relationship that Fayetteville numerates.
Of course, if this area were closer to the DC Metro area, people would probably be making a living wage, otherwise the only way to get ahead over here is to work 3 jobs, get into one of the state dept. jobs using the 'good ole boy' networking technique of who you know over what you know, or having a Class A CDL and working long haul away from home 25 days of the month.
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