Where the jobs are—share your stories

Since I started looking into where the jobs are and who's hiring now, a few things have become clear:

1. Some of the very same companies firing people are hiring in other departments or for other functions. But companies don't seem committed to retraining their employees, so people will need to invest in keeping their skills current.

2. Many of the people turning to part-time work, consulting, freelancing and side businesses as stopgap measures will likely find that these activities are the new normal rather than a transitional place.

3. Companies and organizations that help people save money, find jobs, or retool their career skills, are hiring and growing.

What's your take on all of this? Do you agree or disagree with my assessments? Have you found untapped or under-the-radar opportunities in this new economy?