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Job losses in the bush will start in september

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Gravel Rat, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The demand for wood has dropped so much that forestry contractors have shut down. The guys have been told that their might not be jobs for them come september.

    I don't like hearing that there will be more job losses especially for the younger guys that are trying to raise a familly and have house payments etc. They can't even sell their house for the money they have into it because the market dropped off to nothing. Right now there isn't any jobs for equipment operators in the construction industry.

    You guys wonder why I'am sticking with the gov't job because jobs that have kept people employeed for decades are disappearing faster than you can blink.

    The realestate market has flopped so now prices are dropping. The people that bought high are totally screwed now because their property value is 100,000 or more lower than what they are paying on. People that bought property that were going to flip are also screwed they are stuck with it. Some properties are seeing 10 grand drop every week to 2 weeks. Some place have dropped 200 grand.

    Let the good times roll, I'am glad I'am not a person stuck with a 2000 dollar a month mortgage payment and a job that is on shakey ground. I'am also glad I don't work for a excavation contractor because it is really slow for these guys. Equipment operators might be unemployed till the housing market comes back which may take a few years.

    Hate to be a excavation contractor with the repo man one step away from the door step trying to keep making payments on equipment that has very little work for :dizzy:

    Many of them are stuck they can't get out unless they take a big loss on the equipment that there is no market for.
  2. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,787

    I am starting to see a real slow down in Texas, US which had been booming while other parts of the country had slowed. I hope it isn't a trend but it looks like it. Things will come back, they always do. Everything is in cycles. We can partially thank greedy bankers and unscrupulous credit card companies for putting people in mortgages they cannot afford and extending credit to the unworthy. Those banks that are failing, have failed, or will be bailed out at taxpayer expense will get a free ride even though the damage is already done to the dollar which affects the entire world. There has been too much consuming and not enough saving. There is a correction happening and we will just have to ride it out and emerge on the other side.
  3. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    Boy, I bet your just the life at a party. Mr Gloom and Doom.
  4. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    He's just calling it like he sees it !!
  5. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    True he is. However, if you have been on this board for the last 5 years you would know that this has been the song and dance for the entire time. So if it is all true I would be packing my sh!t and unassing BC, 'cause it hasn't ever been good there. Now that everyone else is in a downturn economy BC must really be in the toilet apparently.:dizzy:
  6. crab

    crab LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 633

    :laugh:now that is funny!!watch out mower boys the sky is falling!and for you chicken little isn't that why you kept you're awesome government job.say hi to Ron's mom for me!
  7. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    My sister and her family are in the process of relocating to Grand Prairie, Alberta now, her husband lost his job a month ago at a heavy equipment shop and he was offered a service manager position at Cummin's location in Alberta. But the house they barely owned for a year has already lost $30,000 in value alone from just the economic downturn and almost 15% of the houses in Prince George are up for sale, but no one is buying.
    One of my dairy farming customers is now working as a conductor for CN Rail in PG now, that might be an option for me if things really hit the crapper here.
    But Abbotsford is still booming in the new high end market houses now and other regions as well, but it is sliding and slowing down, but my brother and I have work booked well into September so we aren't worried if it's just the 2 of us ass clowns working together, maybe I'll start seeing my monthly pay cheques faster then.
  8. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    Once al lawnboy, always a lawnboy!!!

    Times are getting rough, so unless Mommy and Daddy are paying for your lawn gig, wake-up!!!
  9. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    Just got done working on the books and doing some billing (actually my better half did). We are down about 80K from this time last year.
  10. t190

    t190 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    HAHAHA losing jobs! weyerhauser keeps telling us to pump out more and more wood! 13000 cubic meters last month a few thousand more than they said we would aloud... Doesnt look like we will be shutting for 2 weeks in aug. ether as they planned
    dad could add more trucks to the fleets, he has 10 working full time, logging, lowbedding and hauling wood to reloads in chilliwack.
    He has to have at least one more truck by Sept.
    but as they say tough times will weed out the weak, lots are starving and he is stressing about not having enough trucks

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