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Skimm Money: Tech Layoffs, Inflation, And The Costs Of Relocating

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Nov 11, 2022

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Tech Industry Layoffs

Recently, Meta, Lyft, Amazon,Twitter, and other tech companies have announced hiring freezes or staffing cuts. But overall, the labor market is still relatively strong. Last month, employers added 261,000 new jobs, and the unemployment rate rose to 3.7% — just a slight uptick from 3.5% in September. But some experts say Big Tech’s recent layoffs are a sign that the strong labor market might not last much longer. If you’ve experienced a layoff or are worried about your job, below are some next steps you can take.

Your move:

  • Dust off your resume. Add your most recent role, focusing on your responsibilities and accomplishments. And don’t forget to include any new skills you’ve acquired (hi, Python). 

  • Tap into your network. Research suggests that up to 70% of open jobs are never posted publicly. And about 80% of roles are filled through personal and professional connections. TLDR: Your next job could be one LinkedIn DM away. 

  • Consider freelancing. As employers shy away from the costs of hiring and keeping full-time employees, they’ll likely turn to freelancers to keep things running.

  • Think about a career change. Consider breaking into an industry where job growth is still strong, like healthcare. 

  • Dip into your savings. A potential layoff is just one reason why it’s so important to have an emergency fund. While you work on landing your next role, use that cash to cover your expenses as needed.

Money Tip of the Week

Cancel a streaming service you’re not using.

Think: Netflix, Disney+, Spotify. As prices for subscriptions go up, let’s make your bills go down. Automating payments for services like Apple TV+ and HBO Max can help you stress less. But those recurring costs can eat away at your monthly budget if you’re not paying attention. So go ahead and cancel one service you’re not using RN. (Yes, right now. We’ll wait.) Plus, here are more tips on how to save $$$ without missing an episode of “White Lotus.”

Financial Goal Unlocked

The goal: Ditch the big city.

A winning mindset: Moving to a city with a lower cost of living can save you a lot of money. And according to the real estate site Redfin, nearly 25% of homebuyers want to leave large urban areas like New York City and Los Angeles for more affordable cities like Sacramento and Miami. 

A winning strategy: Make a plan. If $20 espresso martinis are starting to take a toll on your finances, think about what your future life could look like somewhere else. But first…

  • Review your budget. Because relocating isn’t cheap. Factor in the cost of hiring movers or renting a U-Haul if you’re going the DIY route. Psst…don’t forget to account for gas if you’re driving long-distance.

  • Do the math on your taxes. Moving to a state without income taxes (hi, Texas and Nevada) could reduce the amount of money you owe the IRS come April 18. But you could wind up paying more in other ways, like property taxes.

  • Consider transportation costs. If you move somewhere without public transit options (buh-bye subway), you’re going to need a car. Which means budgeting for monthly payments, gas, and insurance.

  • Evaluate the cons. Relocating can make visiting friends and family more expensive. Create a sinking fund to budget for trips, and set price alerts on flights to score the best deals.

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Moving to a more affordable city can help you cut down on your cost of living expenses. Think: Rent, groceries, and gas. But if you want to make a move, start weighing the costs now. Your bank account will thank you later.

And Also This…

What’s on its way down…

Inflation. The worst might be over in the fight against rising prices. The most recent Consumer Price Index report (hint: it measures the average change in prices for a variety of goods and services over time) shows the annual inflation rate fell to 7.7% last month — down from 8.2% in September. But don’t celebrate just yet. You probably won’t feel much of a difference with rent, food, and energy prices still climbing.

Who’s working multiple jobs to make ends meet…

Millions of Americans. Over 7.7 million people in the US were working more than one job in September, according to Federal Reserve Economic Data. But this isn’t anything new. Census data shows that, over the last few decades, more people have been taking on second and third jobs. With women being more likely than men to work more than one low-paying job. 

While TSA PreCheck is getting cheaper

Plane ticket prices are flying higher. So if you were planning some revenge travel soon, you might want to think twice. Last month, fares were up over 40% compared to last year, thanks in part to rising costs for fuel and labor. And airline execs say we shouldn’t expect a drop in prices anytime soon. Sigh.


What can $123,000 buy…

Happiness.

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Tell Us How You Really Feel: Is there anything better than a good book? Spoiler: Yes. A good book that makes you better with money. Share your fave money book with us here and we may feature your rec in next week’s Skimm Money newsletter. 


Last week, we asked you what you were saving up for. And not gonna lie, we’re impressed. You’ve got some serious savings goals…

“Having our first child. With everything being more expensive than it used to be, we're thinking of this exciting milestone just like any other big purchase because there's a lot that goes into being ready for baby.” — Tasha L, Vancouver, WA

“Saving up a larger emergency fund in case I get laid off. Not fun, but I want to be prepared. And if I don’t get laid off, then I’ll put those funds in the stock market while it’s down!” — Katie P, Pittsburgh, PA

“International airline tickets! Unfortunately, airline tickets have skyrocketed from pre-pandemic prices. Flights that normally cost $400-600 are around $1,000, and I have three big trips coming up. My wallet is hurting already, so I’m starting my sinking funds ASAP for these large purchases next year.” — Bree D, Los Angeles, CA

Answers have been edited for length and clarity.


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