That's because there is a high demand for workers for these positions in Hudson County.
But there is growth in other sectors of the Hudson County job market.
Most popular jobs The state Department of Labor, in their 2005 review/2006 outlook of the Bergen-Hudson-Passaic Labor Area, found that in 2005 there was a 1.1 percent increase in educational and health services jobs in the region from the previous year. These gains were in new jobs such as home health care, and positions in nursing and personal care facilities.
The review also found there was substantial job growth in finance and insurance fields in this area, with a net gain of 2,000 jobs in 2005, which was due to new banks opening here. These included the new Citibank branch at Marine View Plaza in Hoboken and Banco Popular in Jersey City.
The one constant in the area is that construction jobs will continue booming in Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne, and other Hudson County municipalities with new development.
The Hudson County Economic Development Corporation said in August that over the last 10 years, the industry with the greatest growth was business services, from 17, 250 jobs in 1996 to a projected 25,900 jobs within the county in 2006. That represents a 50 percent growth in fields such as accounting and business consulting.
Local headhunters Those who know best about the job trends in Hudson County are those who are in the business of helping others find jobs.
Keith Davis is the executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program, a non-profit agency that provides employment training and resources for Jersey City residents who have exhausted all efforts to find employment.
Davis said that over 10,000 people a year come through their Newark Avenue office. Davis said that based on inquiries to his office for workers, many of the companies are hiring for back office positions and security.
"Companies continue to move [here from] across the Hudson River, but it's usually not their entire operation," said Davis. Davis also found there is a demand for workers by companies doing microfilm documenting, because government agencies on the federal, state and local level are putting their archives in digital form.
Jill Rowland of A-Plus Personnel in Bayonne found that there is high demand for public accountants in Hudson County. She also found there was more stability in the job market than in the time after 9/11.
"Last year, a surprising amount of companies were hiring temps, which in the past was not often the case," said Rowland, vice president at A-Plus Personnel.
And then there was an unusual job trend noted by Ed McBride, president of the Hoboken office of Brooke Chase Associates, Inc., a nationwide executive search firm. Brooke Chase Associates, with 52,000 members in their database, specializes in placing highly qualified candidates in top corporate positions and in specialized fields such as building materials and bed and bath design.
It is in the latter field that McBride sees a great deal of activity.
"There is an increasing demand for bed and bath designers from people who are buying the $500,000 brownstones in Hoboken, Jersey City or in Weehawken and have some spending money to install new bathtubs or want to renovate or construction new bedrooms," said McBride.
New companies bring new jobs New businesses settling into Jersey City, Weehawken and North Bergen will bring new jobs.
Among some of the major companies moving in, Citco Fund Services, a New York City-based investment management company, will move about 300 employees from their Madison Avenue offices to Harborside Plaza 10 on the Jersey City waterfront. Citco is expected to finish moving by the end of the year. They have a 15-year lease in the building.
On the service end, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar will open for business in front of the Hudson Mall on Route 440 in Jersey City in April. The Jersey City Applebee's plans to hire approximately 160 employees before the restaurant opens.
"We think this is a huge opportunity," said Applebee's owner Ed Doherty. "Applebee's presence in Jersey City will provide the residents with more choices as well as job opportunities within the community."
North Bergen will see hundreds of new jobs in the near future as the 40-acre former APA Trucking Company headquarters on Tonnelle Avenue is slated to be transformed into a giant $90 million 465,000 square-foot shopping center. The old trucking facility was recently purchased by Vornado Realty Trust, Inc., a Bergen County-based firm that is one of the largest owners and managers of real estate in the nation.
The planned shopping center would have two giant retail stores yet to be determined, six smaller stores, a bank, a restaurant, and parking for more than 2,000 vehicles.
Secaucus has seen in the past year hundreds of new retail jobs produced as the result of several new retail establishments opening. Marshalls, Homegoods, A.C. Moore and PetSmart have opened stores in the Harmon Meadow West shopping area, as well as a Linens and Things at the Plaza at Shopping Meadow.
Who are the top employers? Here is a list of some of the top employers (excluding medical and governmental) in Hudson County as of October, 2005, according to a survey by the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation: United Parcel Service, Inc. (Secaucus) - 5,000 employees Liz Claiborne (North Bergen) - 2,350 employees Lucky Brand Dungarees Stores, Inc. (North Bergen) - 2,000 employees Credit Suisse Boston, Inc. (Jersey City) - 2,000 employees Ritter Sysco Food Service (Jersey City) - 1,889 employees Marine Personnel and Provisioning (Weehawken) - 1,270 employees Insurance Service Office, Inc. (Jersey City) - 1,217 employees Salson Logistics, Inc. (two locations in North Bergen) - 1,100 employees John Wiley and Sons (Hoboken) - 1,000 employees.