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Stable jobs available ? Dismal science answers.

The companies doing the least hiring right now are very often the companies that offer the safest jobs.

-- Susan Houseman, a senior economist and labor expert at the Upjohn Institute, a research group in Michigan.

With employers shedding half a million jobs a month, some economists, like Nancy Folbre of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, liken safe jobs to high ground amid the turbulent flood waters of lost employment.

"There is a danger in using the term 'safe jobs' for this perch," Ms. Folbre said. "That makes them sound like sinecures, and they are not."

Bad Times Spur a Flight to Jobs Viewed as Safe
Published: January 25, 2009
There is a new allure around jobs likely to keep a person employed, at reasonable pay, through a prolonged downturn.


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