Business for me is okay. Were moving forward. Slow crawl and thats fine by me considering where I operate. Metro Detroit. But it is tougher. Noticeably. If it were not for some national accounts relationships, I'd be in the pooper. And also to say thank god I held onto these relationships.
Locally. Regional, State. Michigan is in real tough shape. It's bad. In the paper this Morning it states, unemployment across the country stands at 4.8%, dropping steadily and by spring they predict it might dip to record lows, as the economists see a resurgant economy despite the woes.
It's strong, gaining momentum and companie are starting hire. At the same time due to this, wages are going up again. Despite the worry of inflation, the country on the whole is looking good going into spring and summer.
But. Michigan. The front lines of manufacturing losses to the foreign competition. We stand a 7.4% unemployment. And earmarked to go higher due to announced plans from all sectors of manufacturing. Massive cuts.
Thats the only thing I have heard for 4 years now. I don't think there is a soul in the state that doesn't know some one who has lost their job, good job and in effect changing their lifestyle. Not slightly altering it, drastically changing it.
And here is the good news. And I gave this advice to my son and daughter. A freind was over last night. Crying in his beer. He lost his 80 grand a year job. No IT pros needed in this country any mkre. He's lucky he's been able to eek it out this long. A very close friend, god father to my son. So their kids and his wife were over. It's looks real dark for them. After they left, my son and daughter says, "dad, how come we have never had that problem". I looked at Mom and looked at them and said, cause I learned a trade. And a trade, someone always needs someone in trade. Carpenter, electrician, mason, HVAC or Refrigeration, Plumber. I told them if it was real bad here, we could move easily and be okay. I told them smetimes I don't always make as much as I want to, but there is always opportunity to work and earn money.
My father was the exact smae way always always saying this. "you may never be a millionaire but you'll always put food on your table for your family" I never forgot it and I am so glad to have had a real good example to show my kids. I really thought, that it was one of those defining advice to my kids moments. And I wanted to share it.