Regional Jobs Report January 2015The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released the regional unemployment report for February and while month-over-month rates were little changed, year-over-year unemployment saw significant decreases. In fact, 46 states saw drops in unemployment from the year prior.

Similar to January, half of our states had lower unemployment rates in February compared to the month prior. This month, we saw 26 states with an unemployment rate decrease from January and 18 states and the District of Columbia with no change. The BLS showed Nebraska and North Dakota with the lowest unemployment rates at 2.9 and 2.7 percent respectively. In total, 19 states have lower unemployment rates than the national average, which currently sits at 5.5 percent. The regional numbers are a positive indicator for the National Jobs report set to release next week. Economists are already predicting a lower national unemployment rate after the release of the regional report.

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Why IT Recruiters Have More Fun

by Modis on March 23, 2015

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IT, as a job function, is undergoing a big paradigm. Once perceived as a ‘cost-sink,’ IT has now become a revenue engine — responsible for today’s most pressing questions related to big data, scalability, and the cloud. IT teams are navigating new business questions related to big data and infrastructure for the first time.

It’s this important change that makes it clear why IT Recruiters have a more challenging and fun job. In seeking out IT candidates, you’ll be looking for a rare type of technologist. You’ll also be venturing into a very big market opportunity — one that will only continue to grow in the next few years as businesses continue to prioritize IT and data science as core operations. The field is still young, which means that it’s a great time to become an IT recruiter. Here’s why. [click to continue…]

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Regional Jobs Report January 2015The latest regional report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows about half of our states with lower unemployment rates compared to December’s numbers. In January, we saw 24 states with an unemployment rate decrease, 8 states and the District of Columbia with no change.

While month-over-month regional and state unemployment rates were little changed, 45 states and the District of Columbia saw unemployment rate decreases from the year prior. 42 of those states reported significant decreases. The BLS highlighted Illinois and Rhode Island as the top states for the highest decline in unemployment rates from January of 2014. [click to continue…]

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Saint Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, which once again means it’s time to prepare for the festive traditions of donning green garb, imbibing green beverages and enjoying green edibles of all sorts. But for those of us who spend our days steeped in the tech world and — let’s be honest — generally prefer to walk on the geekier side of the street, the color green also holds another important cultural significance: super-powers!

What better way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than to highlight some of the best green spirited superheroes and dastardly villains from the comic book realm? That sure beats overdosing on food coloring. Here’s a handful of our green-garbed and green-skinned faves.

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The-numbers-behind-cybersecurity-IG-Blog-featureIn the past year, cyberattacks have littered our new feeds, displaying the high cost of a corporate hack. In the last year behemoths like Target, Home Depot, Sony and Anthem have paid the price and are still working to improve their systems and repair their reputations. Despite recent discouraging occurrences, many organizations are looking at potential opportunities to safeguard their business and secure internal and customer data.

To tackle this top-of-mind IT issue we’ve created an infographic explaining your business’s greatest threat and easy tips to begin planning a remedy. With the typical estimated financial loss around $2.7 million, it’s essential that businesses of all sizes take action now.

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The High-Cost of Hacks

by Modis on March 10, 2015

figures discussing data security best practicesIt’s the question on everyone’s mind: How secure is your data?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned major healthcare providers in September with estimates that private health records sell for 10 times more than credit card information on the black market. Whether you’re worried about your own personal information or the safety of records your company holds, data security should be a concern for every individual and business.

The high cost of hacks is substantial for American companies. In fact, in the Ponemon Institute’s 2014 Global Report on the Cost of Cyber Crime, the U.S. had the highest average cost of cybercrime of any country in the survey at $12.7 million.

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