How bad can it get? Last week, ABX Air announced 7000 jobs in Wilmington will be gone in a year or less, and today, GM who employs 2,500 folks locally will shut down Moraine Assembly in 2010. In 2002, I was working a production job at a factory in my hometown of Wilmington that I thought I'd retire from, when I found out all three of our plants in town were being sent overseas, to Brazil and China. My last year there I made 30k, which was more than enough to provide for my three children and myself. I've had a few jobs since then, but with no college degree, It's impossible to find something that pays enough to get by. Now, by getting by, I mean, I lived in a small apartment, never go on vacation, have never owned a car less than 12 years old, we don't eat at restaurants, and don't go to the movies more than once or twice a year. My kids are only allowed to participate in one sport/extra cirricular activty per year. You get the picture? I've not been working since January, and thank God I now live with my BF Jeff. I've been to numerous job interviews and have been offered jobs but none of them, even adminstrative/clerical jobs start out at no more than 7 dollars per hour. Okay, at 40 hours per week that's 280 bucks, before taxes... Gas at 4 dollars a gallon is killing me! I drive a 1993 Explorer. Now, say what you will, but I have three kids, live way out in the country on a farm, and encounter massive snow, ice and mud each winter and spring, so a 4x4 SUV is a necessity. The nearest town is 15 miles away, that would put my gas bill to drive ONLY to and from work at 40 dollars a week. I pay the babysitter 100 dollars a week for my 9 year old, so that I am able to go to work. So, my pay was 280.00 before taxes, and my expenses JUST TO BE ABLE TO GO TO WORK are 140.oo, half of my weeks pay. I just don't understand how these companies can justify paying what they do and making HUGE profits, when half of my pay is going to be spent just so I can come to work! The factory I worked for had been in town for 135 years. Last week, the areas largest employer, Airborne Express announced that it is closing here and seven thousand people will lose thier jobs. Today, General Motors announced that they are closing a local plant in 2010. Where are we all going to work? How are we going to live? This is getting really scary. I don't drive but maybe once or twice a week, I can't afford it. I no longer get that 6-pack in the evenings or even buy cigarettes, my bf rolls them! Jeff hunts, and we have always have meat, in the summer we have 2 huge gardens that we love to eat out of, and still mangage to spend 200 bucks or more a week at the grocery. I don't know if it's bad where ya'll live, but I don't know if we are going to make it here in SW Ohio unless something changes real soon.