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CNBC.com News Editor
As the Olympics wind down this weekend, one jobs site gave out some medals of its own — to the companies that posted the most job listingsin January.
Now there's a sport to give curling a run for its money!
In third place, with the bronze, was AT&T , which listed over 4,000 jobslast month, including executive assistant and senior technology-security manager.
The silver went to Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), which listed more than 5,000 job openingsin scientific, engineering and technical areas.
While the economy has shed millions of jobs in this recession, according to official Labor Department statistics, there are currently 3 million job listings on Indeed.com, up 6 percent from a year ago.
"In the last few months, we’ve seen a stark improvement in the jobs picture," said Paul Forster, CEO of Indeed.com. "In January, six major industries had more job openings than the prior year and in February that had increased to ten," he explained. Construction and health care are now the only sectors that have fewer job openings today than a year ago.
But health care is now one of the sectors doing the most hiring, listing over half a million positions in January, along with information technology, retail and financial services.
If you spend a lot of time on Facebook or , great news! The terms “social networking,” “Twitter” and “Facebook” are on the risein job listings, as well as “iPhone” and “blogger.”
You have the best shot of getting a job in Washington, DC and Baltimore, where the ratio of unemployed to job listings is 1 to 1, and the worst in Detroit and Miami, which there are 14 and 11 unemployed persons, respectively, for every job listing.
Finally, the gold medal for the company that posted thet most listings in January goes to … JCPenney!
The retailer posted over 7,000 jobsin January, with listings for jobs across the spectrum and across the country, from a maintenance supervisor in Atlanta to a brand marketing senior publicity manager in Plano, Texas and a Sephora beauty manager in Palmdale, Calif.
Honorable mentions were given to: JPMorgan Chase , Sears , UnitedHealth , BAE, Comcast , L-3 Communications and Hilton.
The only question is, what anthem do they play during the medal ceremony?
Here’s an idea:
Dip dip dip … Get a Job.