Economists say things are getting better, but the unemployment rate is still close to 10 percent, and millions of Americans are still looking for work.
So, CBS News Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis took a look Friday at where the jobs are - the industries that are hiring - and the parts of the country with the most "Help Wanted" signs up. She also offered advice for anyone considering relocating in an effort to get a job.
Healthcare is among the strongest, if not the strongest American industries in terms of open positions. Staffing company Adecco's predicting shortages in registered nurses, pharmacists and paramedics. These are jobs that are needed all across the country, not just in certain areas, and this is one of the few industries that saw job growth from 2008 to 2009.
Finance is also a place we're seeing some job growth, thanks in part, ironically, to the financial crisis, which made jobs such as risk managers, auditors, and regulatory accountants all the more important. Finance is also an area that, while it's the first to shed jobs, is also usually the first to bring people back on.
While technology's been hit hard by the recession, we expect to see a rebound here, since businesses rely on it and will need it in the future to grow.
Also, engineering is an industry seeing job demand, particularly because engineering talent can be harder to find. Uncle Sam is beefing up grants in this area, and everything from computer engineering to chemical and petroleum engineering is expected to see a boost.
Forbes Magazine just released its annual list of the best cities where business is thriving. Leading the list: Des Moines, Iowa - it's a hub for financial services and insurance, both of which are growing.
Others in the top five: Provo, Utah, Raleigh, N.C., Fort Collins, Colo., and Lincoln, Neb.
What all of these cities have in common is that they are places where unemployment is currently below national averages, where jobs are predicted to grow, home prices relative to average income and affordable, cost of living are relatively low.
Cities to Think Twice Before Moving To
The common theme in this bunch is the housing market: Miami, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and several in California -- all places where foreclosures are highest in the country, along with unemployment. In fact,13 of the places in the country with unemployment over 15-percent are in California.
Pointers if You're Mulling Relocating to Seek Work
Do your research first. While relocating ahead of getting a job can be a good thing and may entice an employer to take a second look, it doesn't guarantee employment. Look at your current costs, and the costs in a new city. If they're equal it may be worthwhile to go somewhere with an industry you are aiming for.
As an alternative, you can rent a mailbox in the city of interest, get a cell number there and, if you're going to move and rent, try to get a month-to-month lease, so you're not stuck in something longer-term if you change your mind.
Also of note, many companies have either lowered or done away with relocation reimbursements. So, if you're holding out hope for that, and that's the only reason for not moving, consider moving and getting a leg-up on other out of state competition.
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