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May 24, 2009  5:51 PM

The Slide Is Slowing, But Which Way Is Up?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 IT job market, coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT employment, May 2009 IT employment

Recent jobless claims continue to flatten out, but at 8.9% overall, unemployment is still on the high side for the US from a historical perspective (the last time we experienced such rates was in the 1980s, in fact). This creates an interesting situation, in which everybody — including me — is...

May 9, 2009  2:37 PM

Good news/bad news on unemployment



Posted by: Ed Tittel
BLS April 2009 situation summary, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment, IT employment trends, IT unemployment figures, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Yesterday's unemployment figures from the BLS and the most recent unemployment claims numbers tell a "good news/bad news" story about the job market. Actually it's really more of a "bad news/good news" tale, because the bad news is that unemployment has hit a 26-year high of 8.9 percent (the last...


April 29, 2009  4:03 PM

Some Faint Glimmers of Hope?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT employment, IT employment indicators, IT employment trends, job seeking skills

Just over a month ago (March 23), I wrote a blog entitled "It's COLD out there/here." Therein I reported on my own attempts to find full-time, permanent employment by saying...


March 18, 2009  5:22 PM

Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT careers, IT employment, underemployment, unemployment

How do you measure unemployment? Well, that depends. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks no fewer than six such measures, though it reports only on one of them as "the official unemployment rate." These measures are known as U1 through U6, where U3 corrresponds to official...


March 2, 2009  4:54 PM

When Job Fairs Aren’t Completely Fair Affairs



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, coping with job loss, Interpersonal skills, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment, IT job search, job fairs, job seeking skills, soft skills

I heard a very interesting news story on NPR this morning about job fairs in the Midwest. As you might expect, attendance at such soirees among employers is down for the time being, while attendance among those seeking work is way up, especially for unemployed people. Check out the story by Adam...


February 25, 2009  4:07 PM

About IT (Un)Employment: It Could Always Be Worse



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT employment, unemployment statistics, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

For a quick take on the US Government's view of the current employment situation, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary always provides a pretty current view. In reading over the most recent report--for January 2009,...

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