Secrets of the Job Hunt


Sunday, January 04, 2009

Recession Proof Jobs in Chicago

Those without work had an easier time finding jobs in Chicago in November than they did in the previous month, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the month unemployment fell slightly, dropping 0.1 percent from 6.4 percent to 6.3 percent. In November the national average was 6.7 percent, which goes to show that the area is still fairing better than most of the country. Despite this, many in the city are still worried about losing their Chicago jobs. Because of this, jobs that are recession proof are becoming a point of interest.

One industry that seems to be immune to the problems plaguing most sectors is healthcare. Due to the necessity of the services this area of employment provides it continues to thrive. While many employers are laying off workers, many healthcare facilities can’t seem to hire enough workers. With the population growing and aging baby-boomers retiring, many positions are becoming available at a rapid speed. At this time, many community colleges and universities are unable to train enough new workers for a variety of positions in this field.

Another area that seems to be providing recession proof jobs in Chicago is the education sector. Primary schools are always necessary and provide more jobs than just those of teachers. With many worried about work there has also been a surge in attendance at colleges and universities across the nation. These academic environments have an even wider variety of jobs available than afore mentioned. Anything from clerical to janitorial positions can be found in this field.

Despite the struggling economy, these two areas of employment have seen a 1.3 percent increase since November of 2007. Those who do not feel that they are currently suited for this sort of work always have the option of returning to school to prepare themselves for such, which is what many are currently doing.

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