So I resorted to an old strategy, which predates the internet, I used to use for finding work. Go through an industrial park and wallpaper it with applications and resumés in hopes that someone would call back... I will assume that I picked the wrong industrial park since I could not find a single block that had no visible 'for rent' or 'for sale' sign throughout my journey, which I took the liberty of cataloguing as a photo journal... Rather than bore you to tears with a slideshow of poor photography taken mostly from the seat of a bus, I compiled it all into a single contact sheet which displays the map of the journey:
|For the purpose of scale, an entire runway at the airport is clearly visible on the map|
That airport is an international airport, and not some rural cessna airstrip.
Those are all the for rent or for sale signs I was able t get a picture of... Sometimes there were signs on opposite sides of the bus, and I deleted some which were completely obscured, and still ended up with about 32 signs... And not a single "we're hiring" sign in sight... I went back to one of the more promising streets to be turned away at every door. You would think that an area which is between an airport, and the train yards (not shown) would be much more sought out real estate for industry... I mean there is no lack of hotels along route 520 and not a whole lot of sight-seeing to be found in an industrial park, which a majority of the displayed map is, so what gives?
Even looking at the parking lots was a good tell-tale sign of how little industry there is in this industrial park as many seemed to be under 10% full, so, either nobody works there, or nobody working there can afford a car.
I'm not picking and choosing here as I can no longer afford to do so, but didn't 1st world nations earn the nickname of 'industrialized nations' for having industries? I just trekked through a good 40% of the largest industrial zone I know of to establish that it's practically a ghost town... How did that happen? When did that happen? Is everybody who presently has a job now working in the retail and service sectors? Actually, if I consider people I know, relatives, and family extensions and exclude anybody still working at my last employer (which was a manufacturer), then I know almost nobody that 'makes' anything...
I know waiters and waitresses, store clerks, chefs and cooks, sales people, office clerks in banks and insurance companies, IT people, government employees or other civil servants, military personnel, and a number of people working for commercial airlines, people in Telcos and ISPs, day care providers, bus drivers, cab drivers, truck drivers, real estate agents, mechanics, landscapers, event organizers, retirees, students, photographers, artists (the starving variety), and people who work at importers or shipping companies... I can think of maybe 6 people who work at manufacturers if I exclude the 200 or so I just spent 5 years working with, who are still working there, and 3 of those 6 used to work there but changed jobs to a different manufacturer...
Are we still an industrialized nation?