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October 7th, 2011
07:29 AM ET

Jobs that are in high demand, despite the struggling economy

The jobs report for September will be released at 8:30am this morning. Right now, 14 million Americans are out of work.

If you're one of those 14 million, you might be thinking "Where can I find a job? What industries are hiring?"

There are 3 million jobs open right now. Here's a look at seven jobs that are in high demand even in this stagnant economy.

Retail workers
Retailers are looking to hire about 500,000 temporary workers with the holidays coming up, according to the National Retail Federation. And the major chains often hire these temp workers full-time after the holidays.

Commercial truck drivers
If you can pass the commercial license test, you can drive a truck. Your license will depend on the class of vehicle you know how to drive.

Industrial engineer
Sounds hard – and it is. Electrical and manufacturing companies are fighting tooth-and-nail for people with these skills.
These are people who can look at the manufacturing process at a car factory, for example, and figure out ways to stream-line things or increase efficiency. Online job postings are up 28% in the past 4 months, according to

Software engineer
If you know how to write software, build a mobile app or code a website, chances are you're going to be able to find work. The U.S. Labor Department expects very strong growth in this sector in the next few years.

Registered nurse
With so many aging baby boomers getting older and needing medical care, the U.S. Labor Department expects the need for registered nurses to grow by about 22% in the next six years.

Professional cook
We're talking a top-chef type. Professional cooks are hot commodities at hotels and restaurants, often swept up by competition at the drop of a hat. So there are constant jobs opening in this sector.

Even though there are tons of people graduating from business school with degrees in accounting, these jobs are still hard to fill because they're often very specific for each state and industry. says online job postings for these jobs are up 12% in the past few months.

For more information on these industries and job openings go to

Filed under: Business • Economy • Jobs
September 16th, 2011
01:13 PM ET

How is President Obama connecting with the American people?

This week, President Obama has taken to the road to promote his jobs legislation and many are saying that the American people are seeing a side of the president that we haven't seen since he ran for office. The president will be in Virginia later this morning trying to fire up crowds with his new catchphrase "Pass this bill."

So is Obama finally connecting with the average American again?

Today on American Morning, Michael Maslansky, CEO of Maslansky Luntz + Partners, a corporate and public affairs market research firm that specializes in language and messaging, discusses the president's jobs strategy and compares it with that of GOP candidates like Rick Perry.

Filed under: Jobs • Politics
September 16th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

House Speaker John Boehner unveils his own jobs plan – but will it work? Earth Institute's Jeffrey Sachs weighs in

With criticism mounting  against Obama's "American Jobs Act," Speaker of the House John Boehner unveiled his own jobs plan yesterday dubbed "Liberating America's Economy" in an early afternoon speech to the Economic Club of Washington.

Much of Boehner's contention with Obama's plan focused on regulation and he told listeners that we need to "remove these barriers and liberate our economy."

Today on American Morning, Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, speaks with Christine Romans about Boehner's plan and weighs in as to whether or not it is a viable solution to the unemployment situation.

Filed under: Economy • Jobs
September 16th, 2011
12:45 PM ET

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas Friedman weighs in on what the country needs to bring jobs back

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently came out with a new book, "This Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How  We Can Come Back."

Within the book, Friedman outlines four great challenges facing the U.S., globalization, the revolution in information technology, chronic deficits, and a pattern of excessive energy consumption.

Describing himself as a "frustrated optimist," Friedman spends much of the book discussing the hyper-partisanship on Capitol Hill, describing Washington as being systemically paralyzed. He argues that the U.S. needs a "shock to the system" to change this system, specifically, a third party candidate.

Today on American Morning, Friedman joins Ali Velshi to place his book in context with the jobs crisis and to weigh in on what the country needs right now, both in leadership style and in legislative substance.

Filed under: Jobs • Politics
September 15th, 2011
01:55 PM ET

AOL's Founder, Steve Case, talks getting Americans back to work

The jobless numbers in America are discouraging, with 9% out of work. So how do we get the out-of-work back to work?

AOL's Founder Steve Case, now the Chairman of Startup America Partnership, is participating in The Economist magazine's second annual Ideas Economy: Human Potential Conference. The conference looks at the future of jobs and at leadership development. Case talks to American Morning about how to get Americans working again.

Filed under: Economy • Jobs
September 9th, 2011
11:53 AM ET

WH economic adviser: Obama's plan will provide long-term confidence, short-term momentum to economy

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - President Obama unveiled a stimulus plan Thursday night that he says will boost hiring and provide a jolt to the stalled economy if it becomes law. A mix of $253 billion in tax cuts and $194 billion in new spending, the total bill 
for the plan is $447 billion. Given staunch Republican opposition to most new spending, the measure has almost no chance of passing the House in its current form.

But select parts of the bill could become law, and provide a measure of support for an economy at risk of falling into another recession. The question this morning: Can it work and will Congress pass it?

This morning on American Morning, Christine Romans talks with Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the President for economic policy. She asks him what it will take for Congress to pass the bill, and whether it will provide the kind of stimulus to get the economy moving.

Filed under: Economy • Jobs
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