In an otherwise dismal report from the Bureau of Labor statistics, one bright spot was in the oil and gas extraction industry, which added 8000 jobs in September. Oil and gas extraction has added 241,000 jobs since April 2003. Only a small fraction of those jobs are for scientists, of course, but that's still a pretty good report for times like these. We covered careers for geologists in oil extraction in August.
Another relative bright spot was the health care industry, which has been adding jobs rapidly in recent months (averaging 30,000 new jobs monthly). Last month's report was considerably worse than previous months--17,000 new jobs--but it remains a bright spot.