- The Washington Times - Monday, July 16, 2001

The Washington region is still a great place to work, regardless of the sluggish economy, according to the June/July edition of Job Opportunity Index.
The report, issued by FlipDog.com and Reston recruiting firm HireStrategy, finds that Virginia and Maryland still make the top 10 list when it comes to states where people look for work.
"Locally, we're doing all right," says Paul Villella, president and chief executive of HireStrategy.
Virginia ranks second behind Massachusetts as the best place in the country to find a job, and Maryland ranks 10th, according to the index. Unemployment in suburban Maryland is around 3 percent and in Northern Virginia around 2 percent, both well under the national average.
"It's true that many employers have slowed their hiring, imposed hiring freezes and are being much more selective," Mr. Villella says. "But there are still opportunities out there, in both the private and public sectors, where the federal government and state and local governments have stepped up their efforts to recruit technology professionals."
The supply of jobs nationwide is at its highest level in three months, despite the rise in June's unemployment rate to 4.5 percent, says the job index. All nine U.S. regions and the majority of states posted gains in June, reflecting an increase in job openings around the entire nation.


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