My wife and I ponder whether to return to the good ole USA this year or look for new jobs abroad, especially in Turkey or the United Arab Emirates. We have loved Turkey -- what a mind-expanding experience! -- but we probably need to move to a new city that has an English-language high school that our son Alex can attend. That's not available here in Kayseri, Turkey, unfortunately. Alex is enrolled in an online American school and attends a Turkish elementary/middle school three days a week, but he lacks many of the opportunities he would have if he were fluent in Turkish or if he attended a school that had primary instruction in English.
US unemployment remains high and opportunities are still not expanding in the sectors where we'd qualify for jobs in the US -- education, journalism, publishing, new media or communication in general. State governments are slashing jobs, trying to curb pension contributions and other benefits.
We will eventually return to North Carolina, where we still own property and where my family congregates. But right now, it looks to me like there are more opportunities abroad than in the US. That said, one shouldn't over-generalize. Opportunities are often individualized, based more on who you know and whether you're in the right place at the right time, than the overall economic picture.