The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that private sector jobs (non-farm payrolls) increased by 155,000 in the month of December. According to CBS News, the economy added 1.8 million jobs in 2012; about the same number added in 2011.
The Health Care industry was responsible for almost 35% (45,000) of December’s growth. For the year, the Health Care industry grew almost 350,000 jobs in 2012. But, according to one Chicago executive, the most encouraging news surrounded growth in the construction field.
“The construction field added 30,000 jobs (in December) in a month should be slow. The growth was both in specialty trades and organic construction. As well, the construction tends to spurn growth in a number of related and unrelated industries. This trend, if it continues, could trigger a strong 2013”
Chicago companies are already penciling in dates for job fairs. On January 23rd, a list of companies (not yet released) will host a job fair at the Congress Plaza hotel in downtown Chicago. The companies are expecting to be hiring in a host of fields; including finance, hospitality and tourism, customer service and advertising.
Interested attendees can go to the National Career Fairs website to register or for more information.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics