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Where are the Jobs? (and Careers)

There is evidence that better times are ahead for the US economy. But not all areas are recovering at the same rate. If you can't find work in your immediate area, you may possibly be able to work over the Internet. These types of opportunities are increasing rapidly. If not, try to keep your options open and think about the pros and cons of moving to an area where things are picking up.

Job markets are regional in nature. When researching a particular city or region, consult resources in the area to get a better idea of how the regional job market stacks up to national averages and trends. Look at data relating to unemployment rates, job creation, and local, state and federal initiatives under way to stimulate or support employment. The local Chamber of Commerce is a good place to start. Also, the local reference librarian can also be a gold mine of information about what's going on in your community. Get on the phone with the offices or local political representatives. In short, do whatever it takes to get yourself in conversation with those who know what's happening on the ground.

Where the Jobs Are

Here's a current list of states where you're more likely to find a selection of hot jobs. (source: USA Today)

  1. New Mexico (+3.4%)
  2. Florida (3.2%)
  3. Texas (3.1%)
  4. Kentucky (2.5%)
  5. Colorado (2.4%)
  6. Oregon (2.3%)
  7. Alaska (2.3%)
  8. Rhode Island (2.3%)
  9. New Hampshire (2.3%)
  10. Delaware (2.2%)
  11. Tennessee (2.2%)

Where the Jobs Aren't

If you live in one of these states--or are considering moving there--prepare for a longer job search. Who knows? You may get lucky or circumstances could change dramatically, but chances are that employers in these towns are less likely to be thinking of adding to their payrolls.

  1. Michigan (1.3%)
  2. Oklahoma (1.3%)
  3. Connecticut (1.2%)
  4. Massachusetts (1.2%)
  5. Montana (1.0%)
  6. Iowa (1.0%)
  7. Wisconsin (1.0%)
  8. New Jersey (.09%)
  9. Vermont (.08%)
  10. District of Columbia (.08%)

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