Employment status for ex-saab employees
March 1, 2012 in News
For the former employees of Saab life is to say the least tough, with almost no jobs available it is extremely difficult to find new work. The most attractive offer so far is to work in the mines in the very north of Sweden, perhaps not the most hospitable environment but a job is a job. So far about 380 white-collars have found new work, some of them in the auto-industry. These are in the ages of 40-49 years old however for the blue-collars things are a lot worse where only about 100 people out of 1400 have found new employers. Still about 1000 white-collars remain unemployed.
Some big issues are facing those who are offered jobs however since most employers are located more than a 1,5 hour drive away from Trollhättan and with todays gasoline prices, commuting is not really an option. Selling ones house in Trollhättan today is absolutely impossible and with house prices dropping fast it is becoming even more difficult considering that most families have loans on their hoses and can not allow to sell a house below the borrowed amount.
Secondary effects are also starting to show where service branches such as restaurants and shops have started to lay off people in and around the area of Trollhättan. People who had nothing to do with Saab are now coming face to face with the consequences of the factory closing down. I have talked to a number of store managers and times are usually pretty rough at this point but winter sales were much lower than normal this year. There wasn’t a lack of people but extremely few actually bought something and those who did bought cheeper gifts than normal which seriously decreased the profit margin for the stores, now many of the stores are faced with cutting back or even closing down.
- The situation isn’t good and its not looking very bright at the moment, I only have reserves for a few months and this thing could very well take up to a year or more to resolve, said a store owner who wants to remain anonymous.
It is very clear that people have seriously cut back on spending in the last months and will probably live on minimum spending for a significant time in the future. A good source told me a few months ago that he had studied the effects of major industries closing down on smaller cities in Sweden. The worst time didn’t come just after the closure, it came 3-6 months afterwards, when unemployment aid was started to be cut back and people received even less money per month. Due to the high unemployment status in the cities it was impossible to sell property and move on…
A new buyer for Saab is not only saving the former employees of Saab but also a lot of other people who were depending upon the Saab employees spending their money…