3. Sites for school trips:
Employment at museums, historical sites, zoos and parks has grown 2.6% this year. There are 3,400 more people in these jobs -- selling tickets, handing out brochures, tending to animals and tidying up the park landscape -- than there were at the end of 2007.
4. Home health care:
Within the strong health-care job market, there's a particular demand for those who take care of patients right in their homes. That segment grew 2.5%, adding 23,000 jobs so far this year. Health care and social assistance added 199,000 jobs to the market altogether this year.
The educational job market expanded by 1.9% this year, representing 57,400 more teachers in all grade levels and specialty schools. This job segment tied with "performing arts and spectator sports," a much smaller job market that is growing just as fast. If you can teach dancing, singing or professional wrestling, perhaps you'll have twice the chance of getting hired.
1. The Auto Industry
Manufacturers of vehicles and auto parts have been brutally hit by the weak job market, contracting 5.1% and shedding 49,100 jobs through May. This comes as major auto makers -- including the one-time "Big Three" in Detroit,
(GM - Get Report)
(F - Get Report)
- have slashed thousands of jobs or offered buyouts as the U.S. car market slumped. Those who are purchasing cars are heading for dealerships run by overseas competitors like
(TM - Get Report)
(HMC - Get Report)
, a trend that has been occurring for years.
2. Apparel industry:
Two jobs that are directly related to the clothes on your back have lost a whole lot of jobs this year as well -- textile millworkers and apparel manufacturers. U.S. textile mills have cut 4.9% of their work force, as have apparel makers. In addition, department stores slashed 3.6% of their employees. Altogether those segments represent 74,100 American jobs lost. This trend comes as more production goes overseas and the market for discretionary retail items has softened dramatically as consumers save pennies for the necessities like bread, meat and fuel.