Over the past several months, job growth has been sluggish, with the unemployment rate hovering above 8 percent. Yet, recent news on jobs and the economy shows promise, signaling that the country may slowly be moving in the right direction.
- According to revised numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from April 2011 through March 2012 the economy added 386,000 more jobs than its earlier estimate, bringing total hiring to 2.3 million.
- In the week ending Sept. 22, initial claims for unemployment insurance decreased by 26,000 from the previous week, from 385,000 to 359,000.
- The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, which measures Americans’ confidence in the economy, shot up nine points in September to 70.3, its highest level since February.
- According to the S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index, which covers more than 80 percent of the U.S. housing market, the typical home price in July rose 1.6 percent from the previous month, marking the third straight month that prices in all 20 major markets followed by the index improved.
To add to the good news, the following 15 companies are hiring throughout October:
Industry: Quick-service restaurants
Sample job titles: Unit director (general manager), assistant unit director (assistant manager), shift manager, hourly team member
Location: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
2. Clayton Homes
Sample job titles: Sales representative, manager-in-training, service technician
Sample job titles: Research investigator, mechanical engineer, manufacturing technology engineer
Location: Philadelphia; Wilmington, Del.
4. FCi Federal
Industry: Government contracting, professional services
Sample job titles: General office worker, mail clerk, assistant site manager, quality control inspector, Freedom of Information Act analyst, data entry clerk, functional area supervisor
5. Hobby Lobby
Sample job title: Store co-manager
Location: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin
Industry: Technology and finance
Sample job title: Tax adviser (certified public accountant or enrolled agent required)
Location: Nationwide (remote, work from home)
Industry: Information technology/staffing
Sample job titles: Project engineer, senior application developer, network operations analyst, software engineer, .net developer, applications architect
Location: Florida, North Carolina
Industry: Data and technology
Sample job titles: Linux administrator, national account manager, software engineer
Location: Minneapolis; Alpharetta, Ga.; Dayton, Ohio
9. MasTec Advanced Technologies
Sample job titles: Satellite installation technician, cable/triple play installations technician, human resources
10. MileOne Automotive
Sample job titles: Service technician, sales
Location: Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area
11. NBTY Inc.
Industry: Consumer products/manufacturing
Sample job titles: Machine operator, mechanic, quality assurance inspector, production manager, plant engineer, civil engineer, industrial engineer, R&D manager, bilingual product information representative, brand manager
12. NYU Langone Medical Center
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: EpicCare ambulatory certified analyst, biostatistician, registered nurse
Location: New York
Sample job titles: Solar sales, commercial sales, outside sales
Location: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon
14. The AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies
Sample job titles: Nurse case manager, director-Medicare customer service, informatics analyst, director of quality management
Location: Pennsylvania, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Indiana, Louisiana
15. UniTek Global Services
Industry: Technical services
Sample job titles: Technician, project manager, foreman, project administrator, systems analyst, quality control technician, site acquisition specialist, construction manager, tower technician, laborer, surveyor, cable TV installer, dispatcher, field supervisor, satellite TV installer, warehouse assistant