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Despite high unemployment, tech sector layoffs remain low

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Here’s an interesting graph from the September issue of Seattle Business magazine showing the number of layoffs in the tech industry nationally compared to the number of mass layoffs in Washington State. It’s worth a look to compare the number of tech layoffs in 2001, at the height of the dot com bust, with 2009, at the height of the current recession.

The graph also shows that the number of tech sector layoffs is estimated to have dropped by at least 70,000 this year. A post I did earlier this month found that job vacancies in the tech sector is also on the rise. Stay tuned for a follow-up post on these trends.

Written by Steve Reno

August 31, 2010 at 12:52 pm

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Hirings and firings – 8/25

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Who’s hiring: Government jobs may be disappearing in Washington State, but a job plan unveiled by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on Tuesday promises to change that. The 25-page plan lists some 10,000 new jobs that would be created through infrastructure projects, retrofitting existing infrastructure, and investment in small businesses, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Who’s firing: Seattle software company Varolli Corporation laid off an undisclosed number of employees, TechFlash reports. Varolli also cut eight percent of its workforce in January 2009. The company still employees more than 250 people.

Written by Steve Reno

August 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

Hirings and firings – 8/10

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Who’s Hiring:

Zulily just raised $6 billion in Series B financing and is continuing to grow, according to Xconomy. The six-month old e-commerce company is based in Seattle and offers deals on clothes and toys for children and babies. According to their website, they currently have ten job openings in marketing, programming and business analysis.

DreamBox has five positions open in web and software development. The Bellevue-based company makes online math games for K-3 students.

Who’s Firing:

Xconomy reports that Calypso Medical laid off three people last week. The Seattle-based company raised $50 million in venture capital last year. The company, which develops technology to help target radiation therapy for cancer patients, had 136 employees as of last September.

Written by Steve Reno

August 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Hirings and firings

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Who’s Hiring:

Seattle Business Magazine reports that Seattle-based F5 Networks made Forbes’ list of midsize companies hiring the most right now. F5, which was named one of Washington’s Best Workplaces by Puget Sound Business Journal this year, says it has added 300 positions since last October 2009. The company makes IT software and hardware for banks, universities and Internet search providers. According to their website, F5 currently has 50 job openings in Seattle and four in Spokane.

Who’s Firing:

Microsoft cut jobs from its global work force last month, with TechFlash estimating a few hundred jobs lost in the Seattle region. Today, TechFlash reports that product support and consulting jobs took the biggest hit, dropping to 15,000 people as of June 30 from 17,000 the year before. Jobs in research and development and sales and marketing also fell by 1,000 people each.

Written by Steve Reno

August 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm

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