A son of a lady I attend church with recently lost his job as a long haul trucker. Having in times past worked as a welder, he applied at about twenty local employers (needing welders) the first week he was back at home. The last place he applied locally finally told him why no one was hiring him. It seems there is some sort of tax advantage to the employer to hire people that they can pay per diem to. If the people they hire live within 70 miles, per diem is out. He was advised to go to Lake Charles La. When he applied there, he mentioned what he had been told here and was informed that he had been given accurate information. He found a job the first day. This is probably one of those things that I will never understand. Local people are excluded from well paying craft jobs. With many local employers desparately seeking qualified craftsmen, the best job a local can find is flipping hamburgers at the local Macdonald's.