But as the unemployment rate inches steadily toward 10 percent, CBS MoneyWatch editor-at-large Jill Schlesinger says there are still sectors hiring.
The health care industry has added 560,000 jobs and remains a huge part of the U.S. economy. And the government claims to have created or saved 380,000 jobs in education through stimulus efforts.
The government itself is hiring, though some of those jobs – like census workers – are temporary.
And the technology sector is experiencing "very good growth," Schlesinger told "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith Thursday.
Industries hardest hit by job losses come as no surprise – construction, manufacturing, restaurants and retail continue to struggle.
As far as geography, Schlesinger says heartland states like Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota have been largely spared the full force of the recession, boasting unemployment rates under 5 percent.
Worst areas for job seekers? Michigan, Nevada, Rhode Island and big housing boom states like California.