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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Sept. 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.

Lower Unemployment Rate Backs Up Gains in Buffalo Job Market

The unemployment rate for the Buffalo metropolitan area declined to 4.7 percent in August, the best for that month since 2007. A year ago the jobless rate for the area was 5.2 percent. That follows last week’s report — also from the state Department of Labor — on the job increases in the Buffalo Niagara market. Tuesday’s follow-up also showed a rise in the labor force, year over year, to 556,500 from 555,900. Rochester had an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent in August, down from 4.8 percent last year. Read More

Buffalo Area Would Rank 76th Among the World’s Nations in Economic Power

The Buffalo area generated more than $56 billion of goods and services last year. That local output would have ranked 76th among the world’s nations, putting Buffalo just ahead of Panama. GMP and GDP are measures of the total output of goods and services in metropolitan areas and countries, respectively. The Bureau of Economic Analysis, in fact, officially refers to GMP as “gross domestic product by metropolitan area.” The two-county Buffalo area finished 53rd in the national standings released this morning, based on the local GMP of $56.46 billion as of 2015. Read More

IT Workers Brace for Outsourcing, Layoffs at Health Insurer

A major health insurer, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), is planning to outsource part of its information technology operation. The employees don’t have all the details about what’s in store for them, but this may be a large IT layoff. Employees were recently informed that 70% of the positions in the IT group, in infrastructure, will be outsourced, according to two IT workers who requested anonymity. Estimates on the number of employees who would be affected varies, but the move could involve 540 people in IT. The layoffs are planned from February to April. Read More

Most In-Demand Skills and Certifications of 2016

What are this year’s most sought-after skills and certifications? Robert Half Technology’s latest salary guide for tech pros (registration required) offers some insights. The firm’s survey of 2,500 CIOs in the United States resulted in the following list:…Some 61 percent of those CIOs told Robert Half that it was “challenging” to find tech pros with the necessary skills, and 37 percent indicated that staying up-to-date with the latest technology is the “greatest source of pressure” on those who work in the technology industry. Read More

InformationWeek 2016 Salary Survey: 10 Best-Paying IT Jobs

Median base annual salary for IT workers was flat this year, according to the results of the InformationWeek 2016 US IT Salary Survey. Still, certain roles – including architect, project leader, and security specialist – are commanding much higher median salaries than other roles. See if you’re in one of the 10 best-paying IT staff positions – and how your total compensation stacks up. According to careers website, the IT architect is a relatively new role. It is directly related to the rapid decentralization and added complexities associated with…Read More

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