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5 Job Sectors That Are Hiring

Though overall unemployment remains stubbornly high, amid the gloom several industries have started hiring. As the Wall Street Journal reported today, payroll giant ADP says the private sector added 110,000 jobs last month – and most of the new hires came in the service industries.

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But the numbers are less rosy on closer inspection: the services sector added a massive 114,000 jobs last month, while factory jobs are down 8,000. Analysts say this is more a case of seasonal hiring for the holiday season. “Hiring took place almost exclusively in the service sector while jobs in goods manufacturing sadly had a net loss, which underscores consumers’ perception of the new U.S. position in the global economy,” says Seth Rabinowitz, partner at management consulting firm Silicon Associates.

Based on those numbers and data provided by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas and ADP, here are five sectors that are expected to hire in the coming months:

1. Retail services. Restaurants, hotels, retailers, casinos and customers service staff.

2. Technology: Network security experts, computer support and programming.

3. Health care: Nurses, doctors, pharmacies and makers of medical equipment.

4. Business services: Translators, marketing executives and web content developers.

5. Energy: Exploration in oil and gas and metals, engineering and renewable fuel sources.

Leaving aside the grim news for factory employment, there’s also some consolation for those who are concerned about their job security. Layoff announcements dropped sharply in October. Challenger, Gray & Christmas said the number of planned job cuts announced by U.S.-based employers plunged 63% last month to 42,759 – that’s the lowest monthly total recorded by that firm since June 2011.

One word of caution: Small businesses appear to be doing less well than big corporations. Philip Noftsinger, president of CBIZ Payroll, a business services firm based in Roanoke, Va., says his Small Business Employment Index shows jobs are being shed: “Each of the 3,000 companies we track in the Index has 300 employees or less. We should see some stabilization as we move into the holiday season.”

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