Oxford native moves home to find job in tough economy

OXFORD An unexpected layoff sent an Oxford Academy graduate on a six month job search which took him from Arizona to St. Louis before finally finding a job back in New York.

After Dan Dain graduated from Arizona State University nine years ago, he stayed in Phoenix. Working as an architect in his old college town, he had a good-paying job, a nice apartment and had just bought a new luxury sports car.

That all changed on October 6, 2008 when he and seven of his co-workers were laid off.

I never thought that would be me, said Dain, who had worked for his employer, the Butler Design Group, since 2004.

For months there had been signs that the construction market in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area was softening, Dain said, describing the area as overdeveloped.

There was still development work, one of his areas of expertise, but less of it. For him, it meant a little more time on the golf course, but not much of a concern. Then in May, his firm laid off eight architects. In October, they let eight more go, including Dain.

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