No. 1 Strongest Job Market: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va.

Bloomberg

No. 1 Strongest Job Market: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va.

Who's hiring: Wholesale/retail trade, Professional & business services, Government

Percent companies planning to hire in Q3: 23 percent
Population: 5,476,241 (+1.8 percent YOY)
Unemployment rate: 6.2 percent
Mean annual income: $59,470

The D.C. area, which has seen its unemployment rate drop from 7.1 percent in February to 6.2 percent in May, has maintained the strongest average employment outlook this year. In Manpower's most recent report, 23 percent of survey-takers in the area planned to increase employment in the third quarter and 4 percent planned to decrease employment; a majority, 69 percent, had no plans to change employment this summer. According to the Conference Board, there were 190,800 online ads for jobs in the area in June, up 28.3 percent from a year earlier. Accenture, for example, plans to add 1,000 jobs in the D.C. area, reported the Washington Business Journal. Deloitte's Federal Practice has also hired 1,200 new employees in the D.C. metro area so far this year and plans to hire about 160 per month through the end of May 2011.