Would you leave your job for one in another state?

With the economy still struggling to create enough jobs for the jobless, people have less reason to move.

Between 2010 and 2011, only 11.6 percent of Americans moved residences, compared with 20.2 percent who relocated in 1985, the year before the steady decline began, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The bureau began tracking such moves in 1948. According to Bloomberg News’ report on the study, most people who move long distances do so for new job opportunities.

Another study by the American Community Survey found most state-to-state moves from 2009 to 2010 were from California to other Western states and from New York to Florida. But even Floridians were on the move, with 49,901 of them relocating to Georgia.

Would you leave a current job for one in another state or does it come down to “a bird in the hand …?”

Christopher Seward

26 comments Add your comment

no doubt

November 15th, 2011
3:24 pm

Absolutely. The city of Atlanta sucks and there aren’t many other jobs in-state. I’ve wanted to leave for a while.

Are U kidding

November 15th, 2011
3:31 pm

In a heartbeat. It’s time for a change.


November 15th, 2011
3:34 pm

Wouldnt even consider it. Too many local ties/family, etc.

If I weren’t from here, didnt have the above, and needed a job, absolutely!


November 15th, 2011
3:36 pm

In this labor market, not being one of those suckers stuck with an underwater mortgage is a marketable skill. I’d put it front-and-center on my resume if I was looking around.


November 15th, 2011
3:43 pm

Had to move from Texas to South Carolina in 2003 due to a layoff and high unemployment in the area. It was a tough move, but beat hanging around a depressed city, sitting on my butt, collecting unemployment. Back then I didn’t own a home so it was an easier decision to make. Not sure I would make a move now, as a home owner, so quickly, unless a prospective employer was willing to buy the home, or if I was already in the process of foreclosure.


November 15th, 2011
3:45 pm

How about out of the country? CNN just did a story where Americans are taking jobs in other countries because they can’t find ANY thingh here! I think it was an Anderson Cooper story…


November 15th, 2011
3:49 pm

Did it three times!! Granted, I left family and friends…..and ultimately found a job when I returned…but you have to go to where the money is!!


November 15th, 2011
3:52 pm

It depends, theres alot of factors … what is the cost of living compared to here, could I rent my house, sure cant sell it without losing my butt, weather, housing cost … Yeah I think would, of course I’d have to talk my wife into it, thought she dosent work, she does have 5 sisters plus nieces, nephews and her mom here … I’m doomed to stay i think.


November 15th, 2011
4:00 pm

we’re in the middle of it now. my dh stayed with the same company but his new position is located in MN. he tried for more than six months to secure a position locally and it did not happen. so now we’re taking a huge hit on our house which has yet to sell and trying to find a new one in an area not as hard hit. that means we’re paying more for essentially less real estate. my feeling is, he still has a job so we’re grateful.

Show me Da' Money

November 15th, 2011
4:02 pm

If the $$$$ was there…I’d move to Hawaii even…Not Reaaaaal sure about Alaska tho’
I’d help build an Ark in Arkansaw
Would not miss Mississippi
Could drive the roads in Rhoade Island
Maybe wash some in Washington
Even Flo real good in Florida
Don’t wanna’ get ill in Illinois
Possibly mass in Massatuches
Look up Louise in Louisianna
Would be OK in Oklahoma
Nothing new in New Mexico
Find some ore in Oregon
Why go to Wyoming


November 15th, 2011
4:05 pm

“not being one of those suckers stuck with an underwater mortgage is a marketable skill. I’d put it front-and-center on my resume if I was looking around”

If someone gave me a resume with this on it, I’d LMAO and toss it in the trash. LOL “marketable skill”.


November 15th, 2011
4:06 pm

I frequently get calls from recruiters with out of state jobs they are having a hard time filling. My response is too make me a Godfather offer. I would not have a problem walking away from an upside down mortgage. But considering my spouse would have to quit her job the pay would have to be a generous increase to cover her salary as well as mine plus a raise so she would not have to work upon relocation. I would also need relocation dollars and a liberal severance package in case they decide to make a change after 3 months and then you are stuck in a strange town with no job. Those things are not happening in this market.

But if I were to have been unemployed for a few months, I would be gone to where the jobs & $$$ are.


November 15th, 2011
4:08 pm

not being one of those suckers stuck with an underwater mortgage is a marketable skill. I’d put it front-and-center on my resume if I was looking around

And how is this a marketable skill may I ask, makes no sense to me.

It all depends

November 15th, 2011
4:13 pm

It all depends, but if I did, it would have to pay enough for me to maintain two homes. In this economy it would be easy enough for me to find affordale housing just about anywher, but the problem is that i am paying a mortgage on a condo. Unfortuantely condos ae just not moving in the realestate front.

sure did

November 15th, 2011
4:23 pm

already did last year, but i miss atlanta its my home


November 15th, 2011
4:30 pm

Would I? Hell, I did! I have been in Mobile, AL since last March teaching and applying for jobs in the Atlanta area. If I didn’t have family ties, I’d be outta there long since and good riddance, I’d say!


November 15th, 2011
4:40 pm

H*ll yes! In view of the longterm trend of decline in the quality of life in this state, I’d do it in a heartbeat were I able to unload property first.
Trouble is, the bottom has fallen out of in-migration to Georgia & there are few people moving to the state as compared to recent decades which is one factor as to why our real estate market continues to stink thus holding some of us here unwillingly.
However, hopefully by the time I retire, things will be different & I’ll be in “Out-of-here-ville” really fast!
A storm cloud on the close horizon that could diminish any reason for optimism in Georgia is the state of our dwindling water resources. Companies making business & expansion plans tend to take note of stuff like water & infratructure issues…and the quality of educational sytems.


November 15th, 2011
4:42 pm

Been there done that and now that I am in GA wouldn’t even consider moving again. I learned the grass is not always greener.


November 15th, 2011
4:46 pm

Why the heck was a Doraville policeman answering a call near LIthonia? Can someone answer that for me?

Destin Dawg

November 15th, 2011
4:48 pm

we all have friends/ family ties ??? you have to be willing to relocate for the right opportunity… as a business school grad.. . we learned in recruiting… dont let your mother in law dictate where you live.. unless she has a very succe$$ful business and you’re V.P. in this economy you need to take whats out there…

KSU Alum

November 15th, 2011
4:53 pm

Hell yes I would relocate. I’ve been trying to get back to N. Virginia/DC for a decade. I hate it here. And I’m a native.


November 15th, 2011
4:59 pm

“Companies making business & expansion plans tend to take note of stuff like water & infratructure issues…and the quality of educational sytems.”

Given these qualifiers, Atlanta’s not on the short list.

Independent voter

November 15th, 2011
6:37 pm

Back in the depression ( we’re in the Great Recession now ).. people took whatever they could get… felt lucky/proud to be an American… none of that now .. OWS protesters should try it somewhere else… our best years are behind us… Re elect Obama = Greece/Spain.. more labor Unions.. less prosperity !!!


November 16th, 2011
9:02 am

Left GA almost 21 years ago to go to The Evil Empire (Company HQ). That’s where I learned that the top layers of management really didn’t want to hear the truth.

“Screw this. Honey, we’re going home.” All in less than 9 months.


November 16th, 2011
11:25 am

Dang right I would. If we can ever sell our lake house here, we’re headed for the mountains! That was the plan when we built it 7 yrs ago. Build, sell & move but the dang economy fall stopped that real quick. Just a matter of time though and we’re outta this stupid state.


November 17th, 2011
4:47 am

Discount north facealong with the living needs of all of the wonderful things for more and more high, north face outlet the choice of the article is different also。North face shopgood reading the article is, Mens North Face Apex Bionica good idea or originality in some good article also is very important, let people learn to many things, imagination and development spaceWomens North Face Apex Bionic