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Rusty Irish
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Lack of white collar jobs in Gulf South

Just how bad is it? We have one fortune 500 left. Only two in the fortune 1000 - Entergy and Pool Corp. For all our problems with crime, poor schools, severe weather, this has to be up there for me.

I did a recent search on indeed for jobs in my chosen area. Finance. Here was what I got for various cities. When I searched in the Gulf South the results were horrendously bad, to be honest Lousiana as a whole is grim reading. I knew the economy here is weak, but it was eye opening. I didn't even get one single hit for Lafayette, Biloxi, Mobile, Pensacola or Hattiesburg. However it looked even worse when I started randomly searching all over the country out of curiosity. I knew we were miles off those high end markets, but even compared to lots of rust belt cities and traditionally smaller less prominent regions, we are struggling, bad.

Job listings in each market:

Baton Rouge - 1
New Orleans - 2
Jackson - 2
Shreveport - 3
Birmingham - 10
Little Rock - 11
Memphis - 15
Des Moines - 15
Oklahoma City - 15
Richmond - 17
Milwaukee - 19
Louisville - 19
Omaha - 27
Buffalo - 30
Indianapolis - 33
Kansas City - 34
Cincinnati - 40
Orlando - 40
Houston - 42
Cleveland - 42
St. Louis - 43
Baltimore - 50
Raleigh/Durham - 57
Austin - 58
Pittsburgh - 66
San Antonio - 68
Nashville - 75
Jacksonville - 111
Charlotte - 160
Atlanta - 160
Tampa - 188
Dallas - 228

Whats peoples experience in other sectors? I know we have some oil and gas presence clinging on just about. I did a brief skim of some tech jobs as well and the results look equally as poor compared to the above cities.


Sid in Lakeshore
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I will damn near FORCE my children to go away for college.

OUT OF STATE!!!!

If they move back, that is on them...... At least I tried.


NineLineBind
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Well, except for weather, those problems can be traced back to generations of confiscatory and corrupt government. Everyplace has its geographic-type issues. So what are we left with as the problem? The people we put in charge or at least allow to stay there.


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sawtooth
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I have seen my corporation ship our financial division to South America and 20% of our engineering support to Asia.

It’s not just the factory jobs that are leaving our country now.


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PUB
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The pattern is beyond obvious when every job that matches your resume is out of state especially in Texas.


Wednesday
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It’s the concentration of “wealth” in approved locations bc it’s easier for conglomerates to have their ppl in one location so they can herd them around and otherwise control their activities. In the “south” it’s Atlanta (big business), Houston, Dallas (formerly Energy but now whatever Rs can tempt there by sane tax policy and infrastructure to its peril), Charlotte (big banking), and some portions of FL. The threat of hurricanes shutting off electricity I think is a reason these massive businesses don’t locate in the gulf south.

I have south in quotations bc these places are no longer recognizably southern or related to their previous more innate cultures. They are taken over by transplants lured there by white collar jobs.

At least those are relatively close options. But it makes me sad that these cities have gotten to the point that they are anywhere USA. It also makes me happy that I fly solo in my law practice and ditched big law forever. Starting one’s own business is where it’s at. It’s the only way to be truly free.


cwill
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I did a recent search on indeed for jobs in my chosen area. Finance.


For real advancement in the field of finance you have to leave LA and really there are only a few destinations for you. But LA is truly an economic backwater...I'm not sure why anyone with ambition remains in the state.


Strannix
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Corrupt politicians


tiger1014
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I don’t understand the people who stay in Louisiana or Mississippi.

You can always come back to visit your family. Just a land of no opportunity unless you’re an oilfield or plant baw


PUB
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Exist everywhere at every level though.
People pump up the Northshore but look at all the corrupt thieves and scumbags that got busted over there.


Tantal
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The pattern is beyond obvious when every job that matches your resume is out of state especially in Texas.


We've got a strong economy and good job market, but that also tends to attract some undesirables...i.e. Californians and New Yorkers.


deltaland
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Baton Rouge - 1 New Orleans - 2 Jackson - 2 Shreveport - 3 Birmingham - 10 Little Rock - 11 Memphis - 15


What could all of these cities have in common that make them unattractive for professional jobs that require a significant amount of people in the area with good work ethic and college degrees?


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oldskule
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Get the HELL out of Louisiana.....I am pushing my boys out of this hellhole.

I live here, and it will never change, and it never has!


TrueTiger
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work from home is getting more the norm

maybe you can stay in Louisiana but work for someone out of state


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LSUnation78
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Northshore
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that got busted over there.


Unlike the thieves and scumbags who dont get busted everywhere else in the state.

They get raises in new orleans


deltaland
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don’t understand the people who stay in Louisiana or Mississippi. You can always come back to visit your family. Just a land of no opportunity unless you’re an oilfield or plant baw


Or farmer.

Hell even O&G isn’t what it once was in Louisiana. My recent trip to go fishing in Venice showed that. All those parking lots where they helicopter the rig workers out to the gulf used to be full of trucks. Now half are empty and overgrown


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BearsFan
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Just how bad is it? We have one fortune 500 left. Only two in the fortune 1000 - Entergy and Pool Corp.


I’m not sure where you get this data, but it is wrong.


loogaroo
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Not to derail this thread, but who the hell is buying all the new construction around Baton Rouge and where do they work?


BearsFan
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There are technically two Fortune 500 companies in Louisiana (at least for the moment).


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LSUnation78
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Northshore
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IBM and Boeing come to mind, not sure if there is much beyond that


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