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Companies hiring this month
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Characteristics of Families summary, the number of families that included an unemployed person fell from a peak of 12.4 percent in 2010 to 11.5 percent in 2011.
- A joint study by CareerBuilder and CareerRookie found that 54 percent of employers surveyed plan to hire recent college graduates in 2012, up from 46 percent in 2011, 44 percent in 2010 and 43 percent in 2009.
- The BLS also reported that from June to September 2011, gross job gains from opening and expanding private-sector establishments were 7.1 million, an increase of 166,000 jobs from the previous quarter.
- The U.S. consumer confidence index increased 9 points to 92 in the first quarter of 2012, the highest it's been in more than four years, according to the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index. The index tracks consumer confidence, major concerns and spending intentions of Internet users around the world.
To keep the promising news coming, here's a list of 15 companies that are hiring during May:
1. American Crystal Sugar
Sample job titles: Electrician, millwright, electronic controls technician, engineer, general laborer, boiler house, IT specialist, machinist
Location: Drayton, N.D.; Grand Forks, N.D.; Moorhead, Minn.; Crookston, Minn.; Sidney, Mont.
2. Austal USA
Sample job titles: Class A: aluminum structural fitter, aluminum structural welder, electrician, fitout tradesman, pipe fitter, pipe welder, senior network engineer, pipe manager
Location: Mobile, Ala.
3. Community Health Systems
Industry: Health care/information technology
Sample job titles: Data center manager, IT enterprise architect, director of clinical information systems, health care IT application analyst, storage area network engineer, database administrator, clinical information systems team lead, McKesson application specialist, senior business intelligence analyst, financial application analyst
Location: Nashville, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.
4. ConAm Management
Industry: Property management
Sample job titles: Leasing consultant, assistant manager, community manager, help desk support, maintenance technician, business manager, groundskeeper, housekeeper, director
Location: Nationwide (mostly West Coast)
5. Del Monte Foods
Industry: Consumer packaged goods
Sample job titles: Associate brand manager, brand manager, senior brand manager, business intelligence developer, director -- digital strategy, senior manager, shopper marketing, business development analyst -- strategy planning
Location: Pittsburgh; San Francisco; Walnut Creek, Calif.; San Ramon, Calif.; Terminal Island, Calif.
Sample job titles: Senior content strategist, technical product manager, sales manager
Location: New York, Georgia, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Missouri
Industry: Information technology
Sample job titles: Cyber security, systems administration, help desk, scientific computing, programmer, database administrator, information assurance, information technology infrastructure
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.; Livermore, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Amarillo, Texas; Denver
Industry: Restaurant/food service
Sample job title: Restaurant manager
Location: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas
9. NRG Energy
Sample job titles: Energy marketing manager, staff accountant, director -- public relations and communications
Location: California, New Jersey, Texas
10. Patterson Dental Supply
Industry: Health care/dental
Sample job titles: Territory sales representative, service technician, customer service, management, technical support representative
Industry: Accounting/finance, banking/financial services
Sample job titles: Sales representative -- retirement services, sales representative -- core payroll, sales representative -- human resource solutions, district sales manager -- human resource solutions, payroll specialist, client service representative, business systems analyst, project manager -- business development, IT project manager
12. Trax International
Industry: Government/defense, technical services
Sample job titles: Telecommunication engineer, air-conditioning maintenance mechanic, computer systems analyst, parachute rigger, internal compliance auditor, Web developer/designer
Location: Las Vegas; Yuma, Ariz.; Aberdeen, Md.; Greenbelt, Md.; Norman, Okla.; El Paso, Texas; Sterling, Va.; Lynchburg, Va.
13. Viaero Wireless
Sample job titles: Retail sales associate, retail store manager, billing support specialist, cell site technician, indirect account executive, customer service representative
Location: Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas
14. Yale Enforcement Services
Sample job titles: Security officer, security guard, security site supervisor
Location: Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee
Industry: Sales, advertising
Sample job titles: Account executive, inside sales -- advertising sales
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.; San Francisco; New York
Debra Auerbach is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.
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