This is because since the advent of online job ads, applicants from anywhere in the country can easily apply to a job listing. You're not just competing with all the applicants in the surrounding area, you're competing with all the applicants for that type of job in the country.
Since good jobs can be hard to come by, when an available job opening appears sometimes you have to just take it. Even if it's in a completely different region of the country.
Professional jobs typically want an applicant with more specific experience, so it's not as if the professional worker can easily just get any professional job in the area.
To survive and thrive in this modern age, professional workers have to be mobile, willing to make a move if the new job calls for it.
This carries with it a lot of problems though.
Housing. People don't want to make a big investment in a house if they don't know how long they're going to live there. Maybe there will be restructuring at their work, or they'll get a better job offer somewhere else, then then they'll have to move, leave their houses behind.
Many professionals are choosing to rent now.
Even though that's more expensive than staying in the same house used to be, and the features may not be as nice.
I think there's a reason people aren't investing in the houses and gardens like they did in the old days. If you planted a tree, you might not even be there in a few years time, so what's the point of even bothering?
Houses these days are not made like they used to be. They are more temporary, made out of flimsy materials, not made to last as long. People are not leaving their houses to their children.
The lifestyle of the professional is too nomadic now. Sometimes moving every few years.
There's less job stability as well. Employers want more flexible workers, lifetime employment at the same company is more rare.
The other way this makes things more difficult is on married couples. With two income households, one of them often has to make a sacrifice if there's a move. It's usually the lower income earner. For one of the spouses to advance in their careers, another may need to put theirs on hold or take a much lower level job in the new area that they move.
It's no wonder there's more single parent households than ever, with parents coming under pressure to each go their own separate nomadic ways. Sexual relationships are becoming a lot less monogamous and based on career convenience.
I don't think it's any coincidence that relationships are typically lasting 2 to 4 years. That's about the same span of time as many of these jobs last.
And it most certainly must be hard on the women and children, having to start from scratch and make new friends and acquaintances in the new places that they move to. Friendships are not as deep or lasting as they used to be.
Young professionals being more mobile and nomadic has a lot of downsides.
But if they don't embrace that lifestyle, they lose out to career opportunities that others from other parts of the country will take.
I don't think this is the best thing for society. It seems a little dysfunctional.
The "New Economy" definitely has some negatives.