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Coastal counties are a poor job market for a reason.

Industry will not locate a substantial enterprise in a coastal location due to inherent transportation issues. The coast is the end of the road. Especially today with transportation costs skyrocketing, efficency with transportation is a major cost consideration. In the majority of coastal cities, there is no "spider network" of interstates or rail systems to allow for effective product distribution. We are lucky in New Hanover county to have a few strong industrial facilities, but even those can't come close to the demand of available workers. Look at Myrtle Beach for example. If you aren't in the tourist service or real estate industry, you're going to starve. Even some of those do. Coastal communites with large ports normally do much better than the average, but with all of the NIMBY's in the area, that is heavily opposed in our local far.

The real fact of the matter isn't only jobs, it's how well those jobs pay and how dependable thay will be. It's likey the National jobs report is including the vast amount of temp workers and part timers needed to fulfill holiday demand. Until the foreclosure rate subsides and people start being able to spend what little money they can get, this country is going nowhere. I don't care what the "jobs report" says, that's nothing more than smoke and mirrors clearly intended to get votes in the upcoming election.


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