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Jobs are coming back, but not where you might expect. A look at the new rules for finding one

For Lanre Kalejaiye, 22, the answer was to sidestep the job drought by packing up and hitting the road. After graduating from Illinois State a year ago, he moved from employment-parched Chicago to Des Moines, Iowa, where he took a position as an underwriter at Allied Insurance. He loves the job and was pleasantly surprised that Des Moines is less a "farm town" than "a small Chicago." For actuary Ronen Twiss, 33, of Teaneck, N.J., the answer became clear when he was laid off during an industry nosedive.

Figuring that if he wanted work, he would have to hire himself, he...

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