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Even in a recession, some companies are hiring

wanted: pharmacists, engineers and nurses. it or not, even some banks hiring, at least for their technology teams. While the recession has claimed 4.4 million , the economy has created others, many of them for highly trained and specialized professionals. More than 2 million openings now exist across a range of industries, according to government data.

Job seekers beware, though. An average of nearly five people are competing for each opening. That’s up sharply from a ratio of than 2-to-1 in 2007, when the recession was just starting and nearly 4 million openings existed.

Human resources companies that are hiring are benefiting from a -notch pool as applications pour in from a larger base of job seekers. The number of unemployed Americans has soared, to 12.5 million month, from 7 million when the recession began. professionals.

Even in a recession, some companies are hiring.