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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Nov. 1st) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation.  Lighthouse Technology Services provides IT Staffing Services and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

Unemployment Checks in at 5% in Buffalo

The jobless rate for the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area came in at 5 percent in September, lower than the 5.2 percent measurement a year ago. That preliminary figure, as reported by the New York State Department of Labor, was the best for that particular month since 2007 when unemployment was at 4.5 percent. The workforce for the area was at 548,600, down from 549,700 a year ago. Unemployment in Rochester came in 4.7 percent compared to 4.8 percent last year. Monthly rates are calculated using methods prescribed by…Read More

Buffalo Chapter of ‘Girl Develop It’ announces All-Female Hackathon

As the tech industry continues to grow, companies are finding a workforce that cannot keep up. In cities like Buffalo, there are major efforts underway to cultivate and nurture a new generation of web developers, innovators, technologists, designers and marketing experts. The movement is taking place in our schools, as well as in more unexpected places. One group that is being proactive about helping to solve this critical issue is The Buffalo Chapter of Girl Develop It (GDI Buffalo). Each year, GDI organizes the region’s only All-Female hackathon…Read More

USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY2018 in April 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B petitions subject to the annual quota for fiscal year 2018 (FY2018) starting in April of 2017 (April 1, 2017 falls on a Saturday, so USCIS will accept cap-subject petitions for the year starting on the following business day, Monday, April 3, 2017). Employers may want to begin identifying current and future employees who may require new H-1B visas to work in the United States. Individuals currently holding F-1 student or J-1 trainee visas, individuals seeking to change to H-1B…Read More

Tech Unemployment Dipped Last Quarter

Some pundits and analysts continue to worry that startups are in a bubble in danger of imminent popping. In major tech hubs such as San Francisco and Seattle, a number of prominent companies (including, reportedly, Twitter) have sliced staff and cut back on ambitious plans. Despite those red flags, the technology industry’s unemployment rate dipped in the third quarter of 2016, hitting 2.8 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the third quarter of 2015, the rate stood at 3.0 percent. Read More

IT Spending on ‘Innovation’ is Now a Priority

Businesses are increasing their spending on technology, with cloud services as the big beneficiary. Hardware and software spending is declining as spending on cloud services rises, particularly on SaaS, according to the most recent annual survey from the Society for Information Management (SIM). Analytics/business intelligence and cybersecurity are the top two IT spending priorities, something that has been true for the several years. But marching into this mix now is “innovation” spending, an IT category signaling business expectations for IT. Read More

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