We’ve discussed before how the recovery of the nationwide and Chicagoland real estate market is directly connected to unemployment, so naturally we are happy to report that last month’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since May 2009.
Approximately 103,000 jobs were added to the economy in December to drop the nationwide unemployment rate from 9.8 to 9.4 percent. Experts had expected more jobs to be created (about 150,000), but had also predicted the rate to fall only a tenth of a percent (to 9.7 percent).
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said that one in 10 people in the work force are still without a job.
“The American economy has come a long way in the last two years,” she said. “In the month President Obama was inaugurated, the economy lost nearly 800,000 jobs. In 2010, every single month posted private sector job growth, with well over a million jobs added throughout the year.
“Today’s numbers highlight this administration’s continued commitment to the well-being and prosperity of the American people. And while we still have a ways to go, one thing is for certain: Our investments have reversed the trend of catastrophic job losses and put this country on the road to recovery.”
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If you are still one of the millions that are unemployed, maybe you want to consider a job as an in-home care professional.
Sittercity.com, an online source for in-home help, is expecting more than 250,000 new jobs to be posted in 2011. That’s an 80 percent increase over 2010.
The site claims a new job is posted practically every two minutes, up from every four minutes last year.
Jobs posted on Sittercity.com include:
*Pet sitters and dog walkers
If you are in need of a job, this site is worth checking out.
And, if you are someone who needs help in your home, visit this site and maybe you can give a deserving person a much-needed job and help lower that unemployment rate even more.
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CareerBliss.com has released new data that reveals the Top Hiring Cities and Jobs for 2011, and Chicago is No. 3 on the list.
The information is based on analysis from 2010, which evaluates what cities had the highest number of open job listings per metro area.
“When looking for a new career opportunity in 2011, it is vital to keep in mind not only the job and industry type, but location,” said Heidi Golledge of CareerBliss.
The Top 10 Hiring Cities, according to CareerBliss.com with rank, city and annual open jobs listed:
1. New York; 779,778
2. Washington; 695,566
3. Chicago; 608,375
4. Los Angeles; 528,870
5. Philadelphia; 457,918
6. Boston; 424,726
7. Atlanta; 335,493
8. Charlotte; 303,725
9. Dallas; 293,691
10. San Francisco; 283,080
And, the Top Jobs include:
1. Information Technology Jobs
2. Sales Jobs
3. Engineering Jobs
4. Marketing Jobs
5. Healthcare Jobs
6. Accounting Jobs
7. Management Jobs
8. Manufacturing Jobs
9. Quality Control Jobs
10. Nursing/Healthcare Jobs
“Hiring is up across the board,” said Golledge, “and 2011 is expected to be a banner year for not only particular cities, but job seekers and companies alike.”