NEW JOB, NEW STATE

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Once upon a time, finding a new job meant updating a résumé, writing a few cover letters and buying the perfect interview suit. But for nearly half of all job seekers today (49 percent), it also means uprooting their lives and moving across the country, according to a report released in June by online career site Monster. Those looking for work in the engineering field are the most likely to be willing to move to a new state for a job (69 percent). Other industries in which a majority of job applicants indicate a willingness to relocate include agriculture, forestry and fishing (66 percent), consulting (65 percent), government and policy-making (62 percent), biotechnology and pharmaceuticals (59 percent) and advertising, marketing and public relations (55 percent). Those least likely to leave home for a paycheck are in the fields of administrative and support services (30 percent), customer service and call center services (33 percent) and accounting and auditing (38 percent). One's propensity to move is tied to education and career level. Fully 71 percent of applicants with a PhD are inclined to relocate, compared with 59 percent of job seekers with a bachelor's degree and 37 percent of high school grads. Similarly, 70 percent of senior executives are game to hit the road, while only 52 percent of managers are willing to do so.

SUNNY SKIES AHEAD

California and other warm weather states dominate the list of locales to which job seekers are willing to move.

PERCENT OF U.S. JOB SEEKERS WILLING TO MOVE TO THE FOLLOWING STATES:*

California 13%
Florida 13%
New York 11%
Georgia 10%
Colorado 9%
North Carolina 8%
Texas 8%
Arizona 7%
Virginia 7%
Illinois 7%
*Information based on data culled from Monster's global database of 18 million résumés.
Source: Monster
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