Web Site Caters To Jobless Economists

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Unemployment has hit most professions, including economists and financial researchers. So, the National Association for Business Economics has set up a jobs Web site to help out-of-work economists find employment.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

The recession is even hitting people who study recessions. Economists and financial researchers are having a tough time finding jobs, although a newly launched Web site wants to help them.

Kirk Siegler of member station KUNC has more.

KIRK SIEGLER: Tom Beers says he started econjobs.org because there wasn't really an aggregated Web site that helps economists themselves find jobs.

TOM BEERS: You know, you can go to monster.com and type in economics and you'll pull up a couple hundred jobs here, and then you can go to Craigslist and pull up some jobs there, but really, it could take all day.

SIEGLER: Beers says the new site tries to pull all these positions together for job seekers and potential employers. Beers is executive director of the National Association for Business Economics which is behind the site.

He says the other problem is that these days, so many people who are doing economics-related jobs don't always call themselves economists. You have risk managers, risk analysts, research directors. And Beers says just like everyone else, they're finding this job market tumultuous.

BEERS: So yes, the timing isn't great to launch a job board. But on the other hand, I think it really is crucial to launch this now so that our members who are in a tight spot or are looking for jobs, you know, we're helping them out and easing that search a little bit.

SIEGLER: Beers also concedes there aren't nearly as many economist jobs today as there were five years ego, but econjobs.org does currently list more than a thousand open positions across the country.

For NPR News, I'm Kirk Siegler in Denver.

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