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How’s the job market?

Remember the heady days of the dotcom boom, when anyone who could spell “JAVA” was getting multiple job offers? Ah that was the life. Today the job market is supposed to be all doom and gloom, right? Maybe not.

I’m not looking for a job right now, thankfully. So I don’t truly know how bad it is out there. But since I’m blogging, I thought I’d do a quick search, just for giggles. I went to the career websites of the biggest employers in Alpharetta. Next I counted how many job listings where posted in Alpharetta. I didn’t look any deeper than that. I know many are in technology but not all. And I have no clue as to if they are actually filling these positions. But here’s what I found…

Alpharetta Jobs January 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 138
HP 15
ADP 42
LexisNexis (fka Choicepoint) 42
E-Trade 14
Equifax 11
Infor 8
Verizon 5
Radiant 5
AT&T 3
UPS 2
Sun Microsystems 2
IBM 1
Hansgrohe 1
Alltel 0
Total 289

So what to make of this? Maybe health care is where the action is these days! Otherwise I was surprised to see this many openings quite frankly. I did a quick glance on monster.com and didn’t see all of these jobs. If you’re in the market right now, I think you need to be knocking on doors, virtually speaking (or maybe literally).

I may come back to this idea in the months ahead. We’ll have to see if this is an accurate barometer of the job market in Alpharetta.

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