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    Questions??

    Hi there!! Have a few questions that I hope you guys can help me answer. My name is Melissa and I am not an HVAC person but my husband is. I should probably give some background information as to how we came to this situation. We currently live in Illinois and I am a special education teacher. Not sure how many of you know about the state of Illinois' finances...but let's just say they are bad. At the end of this school year I will be RIF'D. My husband lost his job during the recession...went to trade school to learn HVAC and got a job...but it took a while. However, December of 2012 he was laid off due to lack of work. In the area we live in they have recently closed the only maximum security women's prison and with that closure I am sure a lot of jobs will disappear. Recently I read an article that our unemployment rate for our county is 10.7% for February 2013. My husband has been to every HVAC contractor in a 50 mile radius of where we live and keeps being told the same thing....Get out of Illinois! Now my question....Where are the HVAC jobs? We have really been looking at a few places where it we have thought it would be easiest for both of us to find employment. The states are Texas (mainly northern or eastern areas), Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arizona.

    Any opinions on these areas?? What can he look forward to with pay in these areas? What do you think is the best area?

    Thanks

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    I can't really say much about pay but Phoenix and Houston are fairly busy. Recently a mechanical contractor told me if he hired 25 guys he will still be short handed.
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    Illinois is a sinking pit of an economy. Go to Texas or Oklahoma. I suggest Texas as the better choice. But I have to warn you way up front. The cost of living in any of those states is much much hirer unless your coming from St. Louis of Chicago. However, Texas has a large HVAC industry and no state taxes from your checks. Some areas like Austin have a locked in price for electricity. I think it's .08wk but don't quote me on that. Be ready for a huge difference in the cost of homes in Texas. The price for a new house iin Illinois is about 15% higher for the same house in Texas. You will have a ton of cost for vehicles in Texas you didn't pay in Illinois likes emissions, tax for bringing it into the state, title change, so on.
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    The Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex would be a good place to get a job in air conditioning. Austin is a good place to get a job and live but rent is super high and hard to find a place.

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    Look for warm areas for this trade. OKC again had the lowest unemployment rate of any large city less than 5% now 21 out of the last 25 months. He will need to get a state licence that should not be an problem if he went to school. Good luck wish you both the best.

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    the suburbs in the larger cities in Arizona will be good for both of you job wise,especially yourself with the special needs children and younger families moving into those areas with kids being put on that spectrum more then ever before.if he can hook in with a installation service company that is slanted more towards commercial work and bigger tonnages his job will be more secure thru the year summers being longer there...good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by motherto6kids View Post
    Hi there!! Have a few questions that I hope you guys can help me answer. My name is Melissa and I am not an HVAC person but my husband is. I should probably give some background information as to how we came to this situation. We currently live in Illinois and I am a special education teacher. Not sure how many of you know about the state of Illinois' finances...but let's just say they are bad. At the end of this school year I will be RIF'D. My husband lost his job during the recession...went to trade school to learn HVAC and got a job...but it took a while. However, December of 2012 he was laid off due to lack of work. In the area we live in they have recently closed the only maximum security women's prison and with that closure I am sure a lot of jobs will disappear. Recently I read an article that our unemployment rate for our county is 10.7% for February 2013. My husband has been to every HVAC contractor in a 50 mile radius of where we live and keeps being told the same thing....Get out of Illinois! Now my question....Where are the HVAC jobs? We have really been looking at a few places where it we have thought it would be easiest for both of us to find employment. The states are Texas (mainly northern or eastern areas), Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arizona.

    Any opinions on these areas?? What can he look forward to with pay in these areas? What do you think is the best area?

    Thanks
    Where in Illinois are you? I just moved to the Chicago area from Florida and I make more money, work over 40 hours a week, and have a better quality of life than I did in Florida. I make enough money that I support a family of 4 and my wife stays home with the little ones.

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    Texas, being my home state, would have to be my vote. The DFW, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio areas are heavily populated cities that would more than likely provide employment for both of you. Your husband would do well for himself if he looked up "TACCA" (Air Conditioning Contractors Association of Texas). On that site he could find anything he needs to know about gaining his required certifications and/or licenses.

    Good luck to y'all. I hope all goes well in your endeavor to move...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChillerMan View Post
    Where in Illinois are you? I just moved to the Chicago area from Florida and I make more money, work over 40 hours a week, and have a better quality of life than I did in Florida. I make enough money that I support a family of 4 and my wife stays home with the little ones.
    Sounds great. I'm from the central FL area and apparently, were the lowest paid area out of the state (compared to north, west, and south FL) and apparently, work is not as good as it is compared to those places. I wish I had enough experience to take my skills and just leave

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    Agreed he won't have a problem finding a job in Texas especially south Texas it's hot 300 + days a year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by motherto6kids View Post
    Hi there!! Have a few questions that I hope you guys can help me answer. My name is Melissa and I am not an HVAC person but my husband is. I should probably give some background information as to how we came to this situation. We currently live in Illinois and I am a special education teacher. Not sure how many of you know about the state of Illinois' finances...but let's just say they are bad. At the end of this school year I will be RIF'D. My husband lost his job during the recession...went to trade school to learn HVAC and got a job...but it took a while. However, December of 2012 he was laid off due to lack of work. In the area we live in they have recently closed the only maximum security women's prison and with that closure I am sure a lot of jobs will disappear. Recently I read an article that our unemployment rate for our county is 10.7% for February 2013. My husband has been to every HVAC contractor in a 50 mile radius of where we live and keeps being told the same thing....Get out of Illinois! Now my question....Where are the HVAC jobs? We have really been looking at a few places where it we have thought it would be easiest for both of us to find employment. The states are Texas (mainly northern or eastern areas), Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arizona.

    Any opinions on these areas?? What can he look forward to with pay in these areas? What do you think is the best area?

    Thanks
    Basically, anywhere along the Gulf Coast has a good HVAC market. Louisiana is probably easier to work in, but you have a state income tax. In Camarron Parish if your husband can work on 440v 3ph walk ins, he can get all kinds of work. Before I retired from the USCG, in Lake Charles, I did side work down there. I'm in Tennessee and while there is a lot of competition, once you have a good name, there are a lot less regulations to deal with than most places, even Texas. In the south states that even have a state income tax, have a lower one than northern states. Heat pumps are a common thing here, though they are not so much, at least near Chicago. If your husband is comfortable with gas packs, however the heat pump should be something he can get up to date on quickly enough. I don't know where in Ill you guys live. In southern ILL, heat pumps aren't that uncommon. Down here, many heat pumps use electrical coils, while the ones in southern ILL almost always use gas packs. Best of luck to Y'all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChillerMan View Post
    Where in Illinois are you? I just moved to the Chicago area from Florida and I make more money, work over 40 hours a week, and have a better quality of life than I did in Florida. I make enough money that I support a family of 4 and my wife stays home with the little ones.


    ...but you are talking about maybe 5% of the HVAC industry in Illinois, right?
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    We live in Central Illinois. Wish I could say that my husband is working like you are in Chicago!! Around here most people in this industry are still laid off of work. I can't tell you the number of times he has been told by a potential employer that the work just isn't there anymore. Or how they used to have 10 people as techs and now have 2. And...I will never live in Chicago!! It is a nice place to visit but I would not want to live there.

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