While there was little change for the month, the June 2014 Regional Jobs Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed positive trends over the past year. As we previously indicated, the National Unemployment rate has declined 1.4 percentage points from June 2013. This can be attributed to the fact that 49 states and the District of Columbia have unemployment rate decreases the past twelve months.
State Job Stats for June
In June, 22 states and the District of Columbia decreased their unemployment rate from May, while 14 states showed increases, and 14 states reported no change. The following states had the highest employment increases:
- Florida +37,400 jobs
- California +24,200 jobs
- New York +22,500 jobs
On a percentage basis, the D.C., Indiana, North Dakota, and Oklahoma posted the largest over-the-month increases with 0.6%.
The positive trending of the employment situation is most apparent in the over-the-year numbers. Since June 2013, employment has increased in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The largest employment percentage increases were reported in the following states:
- North Dakota +4.8%
- Nevada +3.9%
- Utah +3.5%
June’s Region-Specific Job Data
Once again, the Midwest’s 5.9% unemployment rate was the lowest and Western region had the highest unemployment rate at 6.7%. Despite being the highest, the West did report a 0.2% decrease in unemployment. For the year, the growth trends continue regionally as the following significant decreases were seen across all regions:
- Northeast -1.5%
- Midwest -1.4%
- West -1.4%
- South -1.2%
The importance of connecting with colleagues and other professionals within your field can’t be overstated. Smart networking and contact building are powerful ways to expand your future career opportunities and gain a wealth of useful insights in the process. While interacting with other IT pros online through social networking sites can be great for getting the ball rolling and keeping in touch, the best interactions come from meeting and chatting with people in person. Knowing how to find networking events is an essential skill.
In this second installment in our three-part series on Networking in the IT industry, we look at some of the best ways to find local events and networking opportunities with like-minded folks in your area.
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It’s a jobs report many were anticipating with hope that the June numbers would show the economic acceleration we’ve been waiting for. This month the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not disappoint. According to the June jobs report released Friday, 288,000 new jobs were added, compared to the revised number of 224,000 new jobs in May. The unemployment rate dropped from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent. Economists say we haven’t seen this kind of growth since the tech boom of 1999 and 2000.
An In-Depth Look at IT Employment in June
Employment in professional and business services rose by 67,000 in June and averaged 53,000 per month since June of 2013. The report also indicated that 2.995 million people were employed specifically in the IT field in June and gained about 22,000 new jobs for the month (up from May’s 13,400 new jobs). This month, employment within the industry increased by 8,000 in management and technical consulting services, 7,000 architectural and engineering services, and 7,000 in computer systems design and related services.
We also got a clear picture of how the IT industry is doing compared to other fields. Currently, our national unemployment sits at 6.1 percent. However, the tech unemployment rate is drastically lower at 2.4 percent. The industry is showing above average pay for its workers and experts say this might be a factor in the low unemployment. A new report released by Janco Assocates shows the in-demand jobs in IT are associated with quality control, BYOD implementation, and service level improvement.
Understanding Job Trends Helps Land Top Talent
As growth in the IT sector continues to trend upward, a shortage in IT talent is eminent. Modis wants to help you stay on top of the trends so you can continue to fill your workforce with exceptional talent. Check out our whiteboard video from one of our Modis experts that goes in-depth on the latest tech trends in IT hiring.
Technology, trends and innovations may often drive much of the buzz in the IT industry, but it’s the people behind the scenes that really make things happen. The professional and personal connections you build within your industry niche can play a powerful role in boosting your knowledge base and your career opportunities. That’s why networking is a crucial activity every IT pro should make time for in their busy schedule, whether you’re a project manager, an analyst or anything in-between.
Don’t worry if the idea of putting yourself out there and networking in the industry seems a bit unnerving. It’s easier than you might think, and the payoff can be huge. In this three part series on networking in the IT industry, we’ll cover everything from what it is to how to do it effectively and why. Let’s start with the basics.
So what is networking?
At its core, networking is all about building relationships with other professionals in your sector of the IT world. Scenes of people milling around a busy room chatting and exchanging business cards probably come to mind. That can be a big part of it, and it’s often a good starting point, but the real goal is to make a thoughtful and lasting connection with people in you field, helping to establish yourself as someone to keep on their radar.
Networking can happen in person at trade events and meetups, over the phone, or even online, though it most often unfolds over time through a combination of these methods of contact. It can be very strategically focused and intentional on your part or something that occurs naturally as you get to know people in different situations. Whichever the case, it can open a lot of doors if you do it right.
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We’re all guilty of using buzzwords now and then. Sure, they sound cool and clever in the moment, but many of the hottest terms that are all the rage today will inevitably be something we laugh about or cringe over in the years to come. Technology buzzwords in particular have the tendency to turn cliché, lose their meaning, or simply grow outdated as the rapidly changing industry outpaces their intended meanings.
If you’re still using any of these outdated tech-centric terms that are well past their prime, you might want to consider purging them from your vocabulary.
Cyberspace? Cybercrime? Cyber culture? Those “cyber” terms evoke memories of the mid-90s in all its cheesy splendor. It was a simpler time, back when Internet culture was just gaining momentum, and a term best left in the past if you don’t want to be dating yourself.
Nothing is truly “future proof.” Unless you’re some kind of tech psychic, it’s impossible to anticipate and preemptively plan for every problem that could come down the pike. Avoid this misleading buzzword.
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As Geekstakes 2014 came to a close and the prizes were on their way into the hands of the winners, Modis Senior Vice President Dan Pollock sat down with Linus Tech Tips to discuss the IT job market, what opportunities exist for aspiring IT professionals, what employers are looking for and how to get a foot in the door. Viewers were invited to ask questions during the live stream on Linus Tech Tips and on Twitter using #AskModisLTT.
In case you missed it, here are a few of our favorite questions and answers addressed during the hour-long live stream. You can watch the entire recording on our YouTube channel.
Q: What do employers look for when interviewing for IT positions?
A: When it comes to employment in general – companies are looking for a great match. The right attitude is just as important as the right aptitude. Every company is unique, having different cultures, different challenges and different approaches to doing things. Employers want to see that a candidate will mesh well in their environment.
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