Chicago Among Top Cities Hiring in 2011: Study projects roughly 608,000 job listings in Chicago this year

By Courtney O'Callaghan
|  Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011  |  Updated 8:00 PM CDT
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Job seekers in Chicago, rejoice!

The city ranked third after New York and Washington D.C. for the most potential job offerings for 2011 in a study released Wednesday by

The online career community gathered its data for their Top Hiring Cities and Jobs for 2011 study from last year’s open job listings per metro area. The projected annual job listings for Chicago: 608,000.

“Hiring is up across the board and 2011 is expected to be a banner year for not only particular cities, but job seekers and companies alike,” Heidi Golledge, Co-founder and CEO of, said in a written statement.

In addition to sharing an upward hiring trend, the 20 top cities also shared a demand for similar job positions. Information technology, sales, engineering and marketing took the lead of the top ten positions in demand nationwide.

This is more good news for Chicago job seekers. The top demanded positions match up with the top happiest companies in Illinois. 

Based on input from actual employees at each company, AT&T, Bank of America, and IBM are listed by the site as the top three happiest of the many companies ranked.

While the lead seven cities hiring are some of the nation’s largest, the study projects that some smaller populated cities outrank their larger counterparts. For example, Charlotte, North Carolina, a city with about 700,000 residents, had a projected listing of about 300,000 jobs and snagged the eight spot above Dallas, Houston and San Diego, all cities with about double the population.

 “When looking for a new career opportunity in 2011, it is vital to keep in mind not only the job and industry type, but location,” Golledge said.

Considering all three parts to the job search will hopefully help fight the latest reports of a 9.8 percent unemployment rate, a seven month low nationwide.

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