Updated February 28 at 6:22pm

Job-hunt site names Providence among top cities for flexible jobs

Providence is among seven U.S. cities hiring aggressively in the top 10 most desirable “flexible” career fields, FlexJobs.com reported Thursday. More

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Job-hunt site names Providence among top cities for flexible jobs

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BOULDER, Colo. – Providence is among seven U.S. cities hiring aggressively in the top 10 most desirable “flexible” career fields, FlexJobs.com reported Thursday.

Joining the larger cities of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Denver and Cleveland, Providence offers a high number of available positions in nursing, data entry, marketing, writing, Java development, editing, project management, sales, accounting and customer service.

FlexJobs – an online service for professionals seeking jobs with telecommuting options or flexible scheduling, as well as part-time and freelance jobs – compiled the list based on an analysis of the most-queried career keywords run by job seekers on its website in 2013.

“When job-seekers come to FlexJobs, they have over 50 career fields to search from,” said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “It’s interesting to see that the positions job-seekers are searching for are also generally compatible with the types of flexible positions that are the most abundant.”

According to FlexJobs’ monthly tracking index of flexible job trends, the 10 most-searched careers fall mainly within industries that offer the most available positions in flexible jobs, which include medical and health, Web development, sales, account management, writing and education.

In the past year, FlexJobs said, job listings for professional flexible jobs increased 25 percent, reflecting shifting trends that have led many employers to abandon the traditional idea of the workplace in favor of a more flexible environment.

“With advances in technology and the way we communicate, it is becoming much easier for all different types of industries to offer flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting options,” said Fell. “The days when people worked exclusively from their desk in an office setting are already a thing of the past, as most professionals check email, make calls and access documents from mobile devices or personal computers.”

On Thursday, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training reported that Rhode Island’s unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent in December. A month earlier, Rhode Island’s jobless rate tied with Nevada for the highest in the country.

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