On A Hiring Tear

Staff writers Nell Henderson and Kendra Marr report that the national unemployment rate held steady last month at 4.5 percent and wages rose moderately, with job growth particularly strong in the fields of health care and education.

That's true locally as well, they wrote.

"Montgomery College in Maryland, for example, is on a hiring tear. It is recruiting faculty to replace retiring professors, and needs more teachers and support staff for the opening of an arts center at its Takoma Park-Silver Spring campus.

"The community college hired 72 professors last academic year and has added 50 more for the coming school year, said Maria Bedenbaugh, a human resources specialist. It projects hiring to remain brisk.

" 'We expect the faculty recruitment to increase each year due to enrollment and faculty retiring and our growth in general,' Bedenbaugh said. 'We have a lot of buildings going up.'

"Educators and health-care providers together added 59,000 jobs last month -- nearly two of every three jobs added by private employers, the Labor Department figures showed."

By Dan Beyers  |  July 7, 2007; 5:46 AM ET  | Category:  Economy
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