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DC Ranks as Hottest Job Market

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If metro traffic congestion is any indicator, Monster.com’s list of hot job markets is right on target.

Washington, D.C., ranked No. 1 on the hottest market for job seekers list, confirming what we already suspect: There are jobs to jockey for in the area.

The rankings are based on job availability in relation to workforce. The higher a city falls on the list, the more job opportunities available.

Rounding out the top 5 are San Francisco, Calif., Boston, Mass., Baltimore, Md., and Seattle, Wash.

So what’s available? Monster ranked the hottest jobs with healthcare and IT coming in first.

“This is largely due to the economic recovery where communities across the nation are starting to spend more on things like IT infrastructure and other areas where they’d previously avoided spending on, for as long as possible,” said Jesse Harriott, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer for Monster Worldwide. “Meanwhile, healthcare has long been immune to the economic recession, especially given the skills shortage in that industry due to baby boomers’ retiring, taking those skills with them in the process.”

Generally, these positions enjoy an uptick in hiring across the board, but Monster’s findings indicated certain markets hire more heavily in specific fields. In Tampa, Fla., healthcare is the way to go. In the Washington area, IT is it.

While the unemployed rejoice at Monster’s report, commuters groan and the Texas Transportation Institute may have to adjust its recent findings, adding yet more time area residents spend in traffic.

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