05/09/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Uncle Sam Hiring Wall Street Analysts

Underscoring Washington's appeal as the financial industry shrinks, about 400 finance professionals have signed up for a New York job fair this month featuring nine federal agencies ranging from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission. That's double the tally at similar events last year, organizers say.

Attendees at the April 24 event will include Virginia Donner, 43, who called a friend at the Federal Reserve after losing her job at a hedge fund in Greenwich, Connecticut. "When you're looking for work and your industry has kind of imploded, you have to look at what your skills are and then figure out who's hiring," she said.