What a difference a year can make, especially in an economy that just keeps arching upward.

A year ago, the U.S. Department of Labor said the number of available job openings had stalled, suggesting that perhaps the recovery had lost some steam. But despite the blip, which turned out to be temporary, health care job openings led the way. Positions in transportation and IT — bellwethers of business growth — lagged considerably behind.

No longer.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.