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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Nov. 25th) 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. We provide IT Resources and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

Erie County Makes Upstate Top 10 in New Income Rankings

Erie County ranks 10th among Upstate New York counties — and 18th among all counties in the state — in per capita income (PCI), according to newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. PCI is defined as the average amount of money received by each resident (including children) in a given year, encompassing such diverse sources as salaries, interest payments, dividends, rental income and government checks. Erie County’s PCI was $46,786 in 2015, the latest year for which official figures are available. Read More

Unemployment Rate Held in Check in Buffalo Area

There was no change to report in the unemployment rate in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area in the past year. The rate was 4.9 percent in October, same as a year ago, according to the state Department of Labor. It was also the lowest mark since 2007. That follows last week’s job report which indicated Buffalo to be one of few Upstate New York metro areas to have boosted its employment base. Buffalo’s workforce was at 549,800 for the month, up 300 in the past year. There were 522,900 people holding jobs…Read More

On First Day in Office, Trump to Attack Visas that ‘Undercut the American Worker’

President-elect Donald Trump on Monday sent out the strongest signal yet that the H-1B visa program is going get real scrutiny once he takes office. Trump listed five executive actions he plans to take on his first day in office. They  include asking the Department of Labor to investigate “all abuses of the visa programs that undercut the American worker.” Trump did not get into details and didn’t specifically mention the H-1B visa, but his intent is clear. During the campaign, he was critical of the H-1B visa program and invited displaced IT…Read More

U.S. Says Cybersecurity Skills Shortage is a Myth

The U.S. government has released what it claims is myth-busting data about the shortage of cybersecurity professionals. The data points to its own hiring experience. In October 2015, the U.S. launched a plan to hire 6,500 people with cybersecurity skills by January 2017, according to White House officials. It had hired 3,000 by the first half of this year. As part the ongoing hiring effort, it held a job fair in July. At the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “We set out to dispel certain myths regarding cybersecurity hiring…Read More

U.S. Sets Plan to Build Two Exascale Supercomputers

The U.S believes it will be ready to seek vendor proposals to build two exascale supercomputers — costing roughly $200 million to $300 million each — by 2019. The two systems will be built at the same time and will be ready for use by 2023, although it’s possible one of the systems could be ready a year earlier, according to U.S. Department of Energy officials. But the scientists and vendors developing exascale systems do not yet know whether President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration will change directions. Read More

(Video) Girl Develop IT Hacks 2016 Recap

On November 12th, Girl Develop IT Buffalo held their annual all-female hackathon to promote women in technology, and encourage all skill sets and ages to enter the tech world. Girl Develop IT Buffalo has doubled the size of their hackathon this year from last year. Groups of women worked on enhancing and developing websites for small, women and minority-owned businesses in the area. We were fortunate enough to be there to talk with a few group leaders and representatives of Girl Develop IT Buffalo. Video here

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