Government figures indicate that there are more jobs, increased hiring and higher salary levels in the technology industry, with more than 7,000 jobs added in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment in the tech sector is inching closer to the all-time high of more than 4 million jobs, set in 2008, TechServe reports. Meanwhile, evidence suggests tech workers are earning more these days, with average salaries for highly skilled workers increasing 6.85% in September compared with the same period in 2010.
New Mexico shed 1,100 jobs in September, a 2.7% drop, according to AGC's analysis of federal labor data. The state's figures buck a national month-to-month job growth trend that saw 26 states adding jobs in September, with Alaska increasing employment in the sector by 6.1%. AGC released the data while also calling for the repeal of the 3% tax-withholding rule. "The impact of this new tax measure on construction contractors will be devastating," said Stephen Sandherr, CEO of AGC. "Contractors will be forced to carry a loss on public works [projects] for months at a time."
The U.S. shed 250,000 technology jobs in 2009, although the unemployment rate was 5.2% among programmers and 6.1% among computer scientists, which is far lower than the 9.3% overall unemployment average.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is honoring the Internet's 40th anniversary with a contest. The agency will release 10 weather balloons on Dec. 5, and the first person to locate them all will win $40,000.