U.S. businesses are announcing more and more layoffs as the economy sinks into what most experts say is a recession. The worsening trend may send the unemployment rate as high as 8.5 percent from its current 6.1 percent, according to a report last month by Merrill Lynch economist David Rosenberg. Federal, state and local government jobs thus may be more appealing to those who are leery of the potential for pink slips. Even as U.S. employers were cutting close to a quarter of a million jobs the past two months, for example, there was a net gain in government employment. Here are some sites for jobs with the government. Associated Press
USAJOBS: A good place to start is USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov), the Office of Personnel Management's Web site and the government's official one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information. It includes searchable vacancy listings as well as an interactive resume-building tool.
CareerOneStop: CareerOneStop (www.careeronestop.org), the Department of Labor-sponsored Web site, is more of an all-purpose resource that goes beyond just federal listings. Besides offering career tips and tools, it steers users to government and veterans job banks and also gives links to job banks for every state.
Govtjobs.com: The more than 89,000 state and local governments across the country are a rich source of jobs, employing 16-million workers last year, according to 2007 Census data. One of the largest job boards focused exclusively on state and local government positions is Govtjobs.com (www.govtjobs.com), which includes listings by cities, counties, states, executive search firms and advertising agencies.
GovernmentJobs: GovernmentJobs (www.government jobs.com) also is a useful tool to search for city, county and state government job postings.
GovJob.net: Similarly, GovJob.net (www.govjob.net) is an online source of jobs available in state and local government that says it averages more than 16,000 job postings daily.