Hard to explain? Of course not.
Very few persons nowadays feel secure in their jobs.
Productivity is the word that has driven small and large businesses – perhaps more so the larger corporation – to squeeze their human resources to the maximum, pay them less, work them harder, make them feel that they are expandable, that they can and will be fired at the will of any low level supervisor, manager, director, or just by a new policy of “personnel reduction”, which will get rid of 5, 10 or 20 percent of the workforce, every now and then, so the same amount of work will be performed by the remaining and grateful ones who have perhaps escaped to the previous purge performed in accordance with the "outsourcing" solution that feed the soul of our business elite and has turned to be the nightmare of our working class.
in food stamps” are in their vast majority just trying to make ends meet because they are prisoners of the miserable seven dollars minimal hourly wage.
The so called “entitlements” that are “feeding our deficits” are undoubtedly the result of the low salaries that enrich corporations, forcing people into public health services, food stamps, and other “subsidies” or "entitlement programs".
Let's face it: the ”productivity gains” have only benefited business but massively impoverished my potential local buyers. Low paying jobs, part time jobs, unstable jobs, this is what has replaced a vibrant economy that was once the envy of the developed world.
I can't by conclude that this whole scenario is threatening our economy which is based in the consumption and reasonable standard of living of the majority.
In response, Apartments.com conducted a nationwide survey of more than 1,300 renters to gain insights into their moving plans this year. In looking at the survey results, Apartments.com says a growing number of former homeowners are choosing to rent, while others make a move based on employment relocation, cost savings and apartment size.
“There is a growing trend toward previous homeowners choosing to rent after carefully considering economic factors such as affordability, employment opportunities and unaffordable homeownership expenses,” said Dick Burke, senior vice president and general manager, Apartments.com. “The fiscal cliff our country was headed toward in December seems to have motivated all renters to take a realistic approach toward budgeting for 2013.”
Top 5 reasons renters choose to rent
• Renting is a more affordable option: 22.2% (down from 26.3% in 2012)
• Flexibility: 15.7% (down from 21.2% in 2012)
• Can’t afford to keep up with homeownership expenses: 14.2% (up from 10.5% in 2012)
• Relocate for employment: 13.3% (down from 20.5% in 2012)
• Lost home due to foreclosure or divorce: 11.2% (up from 5.9% in 2012)
Reasons renters plan to move in 2013
• Relocating for employment opportunities: 15%
• Shopping for a less expensive apartment: 13.2%
• Looking for a bigger apartment: 11.2%
• Change in marital status: 10.8%
• Wanting to live in a different neighborhood: 9.8%
• Relocating for educational reasons: 6.7%
• Other family reasons: 5.2%
• Recent college grad moving to their own place: 4.6%
• Looking for a smaller apartment: 3.3%
• Wanting to live alone: 2.5%
Resources used in an apartment search
All renters surveyed had used Apartments.com, but they also reported using other online apartment listing websites (such as Craigslist), search engines and review websites.
The opinions of others seem to play a more important role in searches than in previous years. More than half of respondents said they use review websites during their apartment search, versus 32.6 percent in 2012; 45.1 percent relied on word of mouth versus 31.5 percent in 2012.
Apartment share arrangements nearly identical to 2012
• Husband/wife/significant other and/or kids: 49.6%
• Living alone: 40.3%
• Roommate(s): 10.1%