Reading the Austin American Statesman over the past couple of days, I noticed two very interesting items in the business section. Number one (in today’s paper), first-time unemployment claims are down to a level not seen since March 2008 — namely, 348,000 for the week of March 12-16. The tag line on this story reads “Drop coincides with strong hiring numbers; economic indicators rise for fifth straight month.” Number two (from yesterday’s paper) proclaims “Austin leads nation in job creation since 2004, data show.”
Better yet for the readers of this blog, most of that growth has been in IT and technology related jobs. Here’s what I hope: that the economy is turning the corner, and things are looking for IT, and that my own home town can serve as the pivot point around which to rotate from worse conditions into better ones. Goes well with the optimism, warm breezes, and beautiful wildflowers that also grace central Texas around this time of year. Oh yeah…and we’re catching up on our rainfall, too!