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Demand for tech talent turning up throughout U.S., CompTIA analysis finds

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U.S. technology employment continued to expand in March, contributing to the strongest month for hiring the country has experienced since last August, according to an analysis by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce.

Tech sector companies added 9,700 jobs in March, a combination of technical and non-technical positions, data in the “Employment Situation” report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals.

According to the Labor Department, the BLS report shows that technology underpins every industry sector across every statement,

CompTIA noted that this is showing up in broad-based hiring data.

Employers across all sectors of the economy increased their base of IT workers by an estimated 50,000 positions, according to CompTIA.

Employer hiring activity for technology positions continues to trend upward with the fourth consecutive month of positive increases in job postings. There were more than 307,000 job postings during March by US employers seeking to fill openings for various technology-related positions.

“With employer hiring activity spanning all 50 states and the District of Columbia, it confirms the broad-based demand for tech talent,” said Tim Herbert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “Technology underpins just about every business across every industry sector across every state and we’re seeing that in the hiring data.”

CompTIA’s analysis of the latest job posting data reveal the following: For Texas (+4,180), Georgia (+2,861), New York (+2,518), Florida (+2,203) and Ohio (+2,140); were the states with the largest month over month increase in IT job postings.

At the metro level New York City (+3,193), Atlanta (+2,519), Dallas (+1,872), Austin (+1,450) and Richmond, Va. (+1,114) had the best performance.

Industries with the strongest demand for IT workers included professional, scientific and technical services (53,289 job postings), finance and insurance (26,313), manufacturing (25,617), information (22,940) and retail trade (10,010).

Among specific job roles, companies are looking for software and application developers (93,000), IT support specialists (25,800), systems engineers and architects (23,200), systems analysts (20,000) and IT project managers (19,900).

Nearly 30 percent of the openings were for positions in emerging technologies, including almost 15,000 for jobs in artificial intelligence or roles that require AI skills, according to CompTIA analysis.

March employment growth within the tech sector, was led by new hiring in the IT services and custom software development category, which expanded by 5,500 positions. Computer and electronic products manufacturing (+3,100) and other information services, including search engines (+3,000) also saw solid gains.

The unemployment rate for IT occupations was 1.9 percent in March, the lowest rate since August 2019.

The CompTIA Tech Jobs Report is available here.


About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is an advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy.

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The latest: vaccines to be made available at Alaska airports

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1.

He made the announcement Friday, as he unveiled plans aimed at bolstering Alaska’s pandemic-battered tourist industry.

Dunleavy, a Republican, outlined plans for a national marketing campaign aimed at luring tourists and said the vaccine offering is “probably another good reason to come to the state of Alaska in the summer.”

Dunleavy and other state leaders have been pushing to allow large cruise ships to return to Alaska after COVID-19 restrictions kept them away last year.

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2.7 million products on display at China’s digital Canton Trade Fair

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The China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) opened its 129th session on Wednesday, and what is its third digital exhibition. 260 thousand exhibitors present a record-breaking 2.7 million products across 16 categories, 82 thousand of which will be new products.

Exhibitors will showcase their products through cutting-edge digital presentations such as pictures, videos, 3D and livestreams, including 2,600 virtual reality showrooms and 137 online new product launches.

Xu Bing, spokesperson of the Canton Fair, noted that the 129th Canton Fair, built on the previous two digital sessions successfully held in 2020, has further optimized its digital platform to facilitate accessible and convenient business communication between suppliers and buyers.

“The Canton Fair has been promoting trade exchanges and stabilizing the global industrial supply chain over the years, and we hope the 129th session can contribute to China’s new development pattern where domestic and foreign markets can boost each other,” Xu said.

Canton, now known as Guangzhou, is the capital and most populous city in the province of Guangdong, which popularly called “the factory of the world.”

Located on the Pearl River about 120 km north-northwest of Hong Kong, Canton (Guangzhou) has a trade history of over 2,200 years and was historically the major trading terminus for the ancient, globalized Silk Road which traveled from China to the Mediterranean and southern Europe.

The metropolis continues in the modern era as a major port and transportation hub and is one of China’s three largest cities. 

This year’s Canton Fair brings functional improvements to enable efficient business matching, including leveraging resources in livestreams, allowing easy access to the Help Center, offering an upgraded Exhibitor Centre management tool, and providing an intelligent customer service system with multiple language support.

Aiming to provide buyers with an optimal experience throughout the grand online international trade event, the Fair is also embracing an inclusive participation with targeted market segment incentives and activities.

Focusing on China’s global “Belt and Road Initiative” and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) countries, the Canton Fair has been working closely with international business associations.

Forty-four exhibition virtual events hosted in 32 countries with topics covering promotion, matchmaking, and cooperation agreement signing, along with over 300 trainings for overseas buyers, email direct marketing and global partnership programs, will help global buyers understand their targeted industries and the product categories of interest which are showcased at the Canton Fair.

To allow buyers to do barrier-free business across borders, the Canton Fair is introducing a wide range of supporting services, such as professional settlements, financing to insurance, logistic support for transportation, inspection to quality certification, as well as online customs support and policy interpretation.

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Google Earth adds time lapse video to depict climate change

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Google Earth adds time lapse video to depict climate change

The Google Earth app is adding a new video feature that draws upon nearly four decades of satellite imagery to vividly illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world.

The tool unveiled Thursday is rolling out in what is being billed as the biggest update to Google Earth in five years. Google says it undertook the complex project in partnership with several government agencies, including NASA in the U.S. and its European counterpart, in hopes that it will help a mass audience grasp the sometimes abstract concept of climate change in more tangible terms through its free Earth app.

Cornell University climate scientist Natalie Mahowald believes that mission may be accomplished.

“This is amazing,” she told The Associated Press after watching a preview of the new feature. “Trying to get people to understand the scope of the climate change and the land use problem is so difficult because of the long time and spatial scales. I would not be surprised if this one bit of software changes many people’s minds about the scale of the impact of humans on the environment.”

This isn’t the first time time-lapse satellite imagery has been used to demonstrate show how parts of the world are changing before our eyes due to a changing climate. Most scientists agree that climate change is being driven by pollution primarily produced by humans.

But earlier images have mostly focused on melting glaciers and haven’t been widely available on an already popular app like Google Earth, which can be downloaded on most of the more than 3 billion smartphones now in use around the world

Google is promising that people will be able to see a time lapse presentation of just about anywhere they want to search. The feature also includes a storytelling mode highlighting 800 different places on the planet in both 2D and 3D formats. Those videos also will be available on Google’s YouTube video site, a service more widely used than the Earth app.

The feature was created from 24 million satellite images taken every year from 1984 to 2020 and provided by NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and the European Union, according to Google. The time lapse technology was created with the help of Carnegie Mellon University.

Google plans to update the time lapse imagery at least once a year.


SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer

AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this story from Washington.

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