I do love the sound of the words “hiring blitz” but more on that later.
The Washington Post reported today that unemployment in the Washington DC metropolitan area inched up a bit, to 4.4%. (When I entered the workforce, economists thought an unemployment rate of 5% was “full employment“ – about as good as it gets) .
The story says “the region created more jobs than it lost” in November, adding nearly 20,000 net new jobs in the past 12 months, and we still have the lowest unemployment of any metropolitan area. But here is why I will never cancel my home delivery subscription to the Post. The third sentence in the article reads that “recovery could come much sooner here than in other areas of the country.” William Mezger, the chief economist for the Virginia Employment Commission says the multitude of new jobs expected to be created by the Obama administration to oversee economic stimulus and bailout programs “could shock the Washington area into recovery quicker than in other places.” That’s my kind of shock and awe. Ok, he did not say “hiring blitz” but it’s still sweet music to my ears.
So who did say hiring blitz? Reuters reports that the FBI plans a “large hiring blitz” needing to hire 2,100 professional staff vacancies plus 850 special agents. Uh oh, I hope they don’t get in a bidding war with the State Department, they recently reported a need to hire 1,500 people . . . nah, who am I kidding, that would be great!