IT Job Growth Jumps By 17,000 Positions [Roundup]

Dice News RoundupIT Job Growth Continued in April: IT jobs continued to grow in April, increasing by 17,000, or 0.4, percent sequentially to 4,168,700. April was the fourth consecutive month in which IT employment reached a record high. “With unemployment rates in many IT occupations less than half the national unemployment rate of 8.1 percent, we are actually seeing a talent shortage in many high-demand skill sets,” said Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance, which published the figures. Digital Journal

3,000 Motorola Jobs Will Move to Chicago: Google is preparing to move 3,000 employees 40 miles north to downtown Chicago from Motorola Mobility’s location in suburban Libertyville. The company is looking for about 500,000 square feet of space, enough to accommodate them. (The relocation won’t involve Google’s existing Chicago staff of about 450 sales and tech workers). The move signals that Google intends to keep all of Motorola Mobility’s parts, rather than sell off the hardware businesses and keep the patents. Though it’s not clear just what Google has planned, it’s apparent the unit won’t be moving out west. Dice

Apple TV Is Expected Next Year: Rumor has it that Apple’s HDTV will look a lot like the one used in the iMac. It will also have an iSight camera capable of facial recognition and will come with Siri. What’s unclear is whether Apple TV will come preloaded with an iOS version,or maybe something between iOS and OS X. Paul Gagnon, the Director of North American TV Research for NPD DisplaySearch, expects Apple to announce “two to four models ranging from 40 to 60 inches” this year, which will cost between $1,000 and $2,000 and would ship in 2013. Apple won’t comment, but may reveal something at June’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Dice

Facebook Launches App Center to Promote “High-Quality” Apps: Facebook will launch an App Center where users can browse “high-quality” mobile apps, a key criterion being  that they integrate with the social network. It will host apps that work on Android, Apple’s iOS and the Web. To actually get the apps, users will go to Google Play or the App Store. Eligible apps include sites and mobile apps that use Facebook’s authentication system to offer users a personalized experience as well as those hosted on commercial Facebook pages. Facebook pointed to Draw Something, Pinterest, Spotify, and Viddy as examples of high-quality apps. Dice

Comments

  1. BY weaver says:

    Don,

    You know, it might be interesting to find out what occupations are in the TechServe index for “IT” and what changes are being made to the index from qtr to qtr.

    Info is kind of useless when there is no definition for “IT”

    Regards,
    weaver

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