Table: Suddenly, Teaching Looks Pretty Good

The recession and tech slump have drawn thousands of college grads into the profession, easing shortages

AUSTIN, TEX.

At the city's 107 schools, teaching applications are up 35%.

CHICAGO

A severe shortfall of substitutes is over at the city's 600 schools after a 50% increase in the pool of substitutes.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA.

Applications at the county's 205 schools are up 47% this year.

SAN JOSE, CALIF.

No teaching vacancies in the city's 44 schools. Last year, 45 posts went unfilled.

WAKE COUNTY, N.C.

Vacancies dropped to 38, down from 100 in 2000.

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