Your in the wrong place then. Houston is booming and has been for the last 10 years. If your a CNC programmer/Machinist you will make 6 figures a year. If your a petroleum engineer or have anything to do with the oil or energy industry you are in big demand here. Also anything in the medical field is in serious demand unless of course Obama care survives.. If you don't have a good job here then you just don't want one. It might be time to relocate for a brighter future dude!
Actually I'm in IT, a programmer, and I did exactly that at the end of the last time the economy was truly GOOD, in 2000. I relocated to Austin, where they couldn't hire people fast enough in the summer of 2000, then by Thanksgiving of that year, the layoffs started, and the tidal wave swept back out the other way and you could not find a job in Austin. At least I couldn't. I ended up coming back here to get a job, for a lot less money but it was a job.
So when it booms in Texas, it really booms, and when it busts it really busts. Not much in the middle it seems.
Does bring back memories like another lifetime of when the economy was actually doing well. Not the hype by the media trying to convince us it's good but when it was REALLY good as in you could go anywhere in the country and get a job. I don't think I'll ever live to see anything like that again, those times are gone for good.
I am glad to hear things are better there I figured eventually they would have to be. I wondered if things were better elsewhere in the country or if everything was as terrible as it is here.
And by the way losing my job there was the start of my credit being destroyed as I was in hock up to my eyeballs in credit card debt. That was the job they said come and show us what you can do and we'll give you a nice raise, which I never got of course, but being dumb I believed their word, and didn't realize how the economy was going to crash and how I'd be laid off with half the country by the next Thanksgiving (or what seemed like half the country). I had to break the lease on my apartment who sued me and got a judgement (before I knew better about how to handle those things) and it all was downhill from there. So some not too fond memories on the tail end of that. I never have any desire to carry a balance, but if I ever were to, I think remembering that would be a good thing to do!