In 2011, Intel publicly announced that it was hiring 1,000 software engineers over the course of the year in the United States. Now that 2012 has begun, the company aims to do the same in Europe in the hope of improving the growing tech industry.
However, with Europe boosting efforts to develop its evolving technology-based sectors, employers in the United States may increase their staffing in order to compete with international organizations and appeal to foreign demographics.
According to the Microsoft Careers Talent Network, there is a new job posting for an Executive Producer-IEB-Microsoft Studios-Core Publishing. There are additional reports that Microsoft is working on a “AAAA” game, and the open position may be to aid development along. Traditionally, video game developers rate high-priority games with three A’s, and Microsoft’s intentional inclusion of an extra letter indicates its serious intent to revolutionize the marketplace with this new concept.
With Microsoft attempting to alter the world of video gaming through effective project management, international and domestic developers may seek to employ new talent to compete with the tech giant.

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Increasing demand for computer applications and data is prompting a technology industry hiring drive, according to Bloomberg.
From January to February, online job listings for occupations germane to computer and mathematics increased more than 2 percent. Open opportunities dwarfed jobhunters by a ratio of more than three-to-one. Tech career website presently has 12 percent more listings as compared to one year ago.
“This feels like the beginning of another tech-driven jobs boom,” chief economic strategist Michael Mandel with the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington told Bloomberg. “The broad communications sector resisted the downward pull” prompted by the economic recession and “is going to be a leader in the expansion.”
Applications have helped create roughly 466,000 new jobs in the U.S. since the Apple iPhone first made its appearance on the markets.
Apple helped create 514,000 jobs in the U.S. as a result of its various personal devices such as the iPad, iPod and iPhone, according to a study cited by The New York Times. The Cupertino, California-based company released the results of its study late last week.

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Now here’s an interesting business indicator:

By Eric Platt. for Business Insider.

Ken Downing was at the airport late Friday, waiting for his flight to London  to depart. Downing, the head of womenswear at Neiman Marcus, had only just  completed the first leg of a month of fashion shows that span New York, London,  Milan and Paris.

For him, the week that had just ended meant a series of conversations with  buyers who will ultimately pick through the more than 300 collections shown,  including big names like Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg, and smaller ones  like Peter Som and Joseph Altuzarra.

But for some traders, economists, and pundits, the month now proves one more  thing beyond fashion: an indicator of how the economy will perform over the coming  year.

“Like the stock markets, hemlines are going up and down daily and  seasonally,” Mr. Downing says.

The Hemline Indicator

The Hemline  Indicator was reportedly first introduced by University  of Pennsylvania Wharton School professor George Taylor, an idea that women’s hemlines fluctuate and can  even indicate macroeconomic performance.  The higher the hemline, the  better the economy looks.

From afar, bloggers and editors have offered anecdotal  evidence regarding the direction of hemlines.

But for the first time, Business  Insider conducted a full analysis of hemlines at New York fashion week,  measuring some 2,092 images from 25 designers, comparing year-on-year changes in  the length of skirts and dresses.

The findings were pretty clear: hemlines are getting  shorter.

Click  here to see the individual results from New York Fashion Week >

The Results

The BI Hemline Index is calculated by measuring hem length as a percentage of  the length from floor to waistline.  The shorter the hemline, the higher  the index.

Overall, average hemlines in 2012 registered a 44.38 on the  index, up from 35.04 for the Fall/Winter 2011 collections.

Complete looks from each designer were measured, however skirts and dresses  were the only data points fed into the data set.  Measurements were taken from images provided post-show.

On first glance, hemlines appeared to fall, with designers like Marc Jacobs  showing little skin. However, when deconstructing outfits and measuring the  skirts shown over pants, hemlines jumped. At Mr. Jacobs show for instance, the  Hemline Index read at 45.6, compared to 41.1 last year.

Eighty percent of the designers included in the analysis registered shorter  skirts and dresses. Rodarte, the quirky womenswear label designed by Kate  and Laura Mulleavy, eschewed the floor grazing gowns of 2011, showing half  as many. Rodarte jumped 17 points on the Index, to 37.0.

Amanda Brooks, fashion director at Barney’s, said hemlines had moved  both higher and lower on the runway this season.

“I would say in terms of the dress or skirt silhouette, it’s kind  of anything goes right now,” Ms. Brooks says. “I wouldn’t say we’re seeing super  short, to me what’s looking the most fresh personally is this mid-calf with a  big slit up the front or an open vent. We’ve seen that on a lot of runways the  last few seasons, and I think it’s addressing the same moment as the idea of the  gaucho.”

Assembling the List

Business Insider chose 25 of  the most influential designers that show at New York fashion week, clothes that  will end up on hangers during the second half of 2012.

Beyond Marc Jacobs and DVF, the list includes 3.1 Philip Lim, Alexander Wang, Bill  Blass, Calvin Klein, Carolina  Herrera, Christian Siriano, Donna Karan  Collection, J.  Crew, Jason Wu, Jill  Stuart, L.A.M.B., Michael  Kors, Nanette Lepore, Oscar de la  Renta, Prabal Gurung, Proenza  Schouler, Ralph  Lauren, Rodarte, Thakoon, Theysken’s  Theory, Tommy Hilfiger Women’s and Vera  Wang.

The names were chosen based on two key factors. The first, the designer  have strong artistic relevance. Marc Jacobs collection, which will sell vastly  fewer pieces than the offshoot Marc by Marc Jacobs brand, was  used for the  official index because the impact from his mainline will be far  greater.

In a  review last February, Nicole Phelps, Executive Editor of, noted  that one retailer remarked that, “We have to come [to Marc Jacobs] in  order to find out what we’ll be seeing next season.”

The second component: the brand be commercially viable, weather through  wholesale, partnerships with broadline retailers like Target, or through  their own sales channels.

Jason Wu, Rodarte and Proenza Schouler have all had  surprising success with capsule collections at mass retailers, while Michael  Kors and Ralph Lauren have an ever expanding retail network.

Click  here to see how long hemlines were for all 25 designers >

A Contrarian View

Not everyone is convinced that hemlines hold much weight when predicting  economic performance.

“It’s interesting, as a fashion director I no longer believe hemlines are a  conversation on trend because its so particular to a designer and their point of  view,” Mr. Downing says. “We are seeing hemlines below the knee, at the knee,  and some that are still quite short.”

I caught up with Jeffrey Monteiro, the creative director of Bill Blass,  after his show on Thursday evening, the last collection at New York fashion  week.

“For me it’s just proportion,” he says. “Let’s make it longer, let’s  make it shorter, and once we find a proportion we like we just keep going with  it.”

Most designers mirror that viewpoint, that the economy has little effect on  what they present. But that is hard to argue, when designers almost unanimously  moved to a black and neutral color palette as Lehman  Brothers failed.

“The customer is definitely looking for something that will give her fashion  credit in her wardrobe. This whole idea of when the economy went upside down  that all that she would buy would be basics and there would be the return of the  black turtleneck, was not what we saw in the luxury market,” Mr. Downing  says. “She didn’t stop shopping, she just was not shopping as robust as she  was before.”

Hemline Index aside, one of the best predictors of economic growth is  consumer spending, and so far Mr. Downing is happy with what he sees.

“We feel very positive about the spring trends in stores now and customers  are responding very favorably.”

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As many areas of the economy still struggle to rebound, the information technology (IT) sector appears to be on its way to recovery with two major companies announcing expansions.
In Indianapolis, the consumer review website Angie’s List said it plans to double its staff at its local headquarters, adding as many as 500 new jobs within the next four years.
The company, founded by its only employee Angie Hicks in 1995, said it will pour more than $11 million to expand its campus and train new workers.
The news comes after another information technology company, Knowledge Services, announced plans to expand its headquarters and add 200 new jobs in northeast Indiana.
In North Carolina, IT service company HCL Technologies said it will be adding to its local workforce in Cary, hiring about 300 new employees by next spring.
The Wake Forest Times Observer reports that HCL’s Cary office is already the India-based company’s fastest growing U.S. facility.
HCL is among a number of other high-tech companies that have announced expansions in the area, including Xerox subsidiary Affiliated Computer Services, who said it will hire about 250 local workers next year.

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A new report has found the combination of consumer demand and the advancement of business applications for new technology continues to drive job growth in the high tech sector.
According to the Jones Lang LaSalle report, which tracked 18 markets, jobs in the high tech industry are increasing at nearly four times the national average of other occupations since the height of the economic downturn in February 2010. The report also found high tech companies drove up the demand for office space and an increase in venture capital investments.
Of the more than half million office jobs created since last year, the report found 127,000 positions were in the high tech services with San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Baltimore adding the biggest numbers to the high tech workforce over the past year and a half.
The report comes as officials in Pennsylvania are hoping the area will become a major high tech hub alongside Silicon Valley and Massachusetts.
Pennsylvania has seen a 1.6 percent increase in the number of high tech jobs from 2009 to 2010 with Franklin County having one of the highest concentrations of high tech companies in the state due to its lower tax base and overhead, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Two new reports have found that hiring and revenue in the high tech sector are on the upswing, with more computer software companies struggling to find qualified workers.
According to the September WANTED Analytics report, more than 28,000 jobs for computer applications software engineers were posted online, a 23 percent growth over the past year. Companies on the West Coast had the highest rate of placement for computer specialists during September.
Along with the rise in the number of jobs posted online for software engineers, the report also found that the number of companies looking to hire applications workers grew by 66 percent since 2009. Some of the most in-demand jobs included positions with specialities in Java, .Net and Linux.
A second report by Research and Markets has found that revenue from the U.S. software sector has a combined annual revenue of approximately $220 billion, with about 60 percent of industry profits generated from software publishing.
The report found that the U.S. computer industry currently consists of approximately 500,000 companies, the largest of those businesses include Activision, Blizzard, Microsoft and Symantec.

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A new study has found that approximately 466,000 jobs have been created in the “app economy” in the U.S. over the past five years.

According to the research by TechNet, jobs for computer software applications, along with the broad communications sector, are now leading sources of hiring strength in the labor market.

“America's app economy – which had zero jobs just 5 years ago before the iPhone was introduced – demonstrates that we can quickly create economic value and jobs through cutting-edge innovation,” said Rey Ramsey, president and chief executive officer of TechNet. “Today, the app economy is creating jobs in every part of America, employing hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers today and even more in the years to come.”

The research also found that the highest percentage of app jobs are now being created in the New York City area and San Francisco, as well as in parts of Georgia, Florida and Illinois.

Meanwhile, Acxiom Corporation has announced plans to add 150 employees at its Central Arkansas operations, according to the Log Cabin Democrat.

The mobile app, email and social media company said it plans to recruit for software developers and product management positions from a number of local universities.

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Computer technicians in the U.S. can expect promising job prospects in the coming months, according to recent reports.

For instance, recently reported that 18 states and Washington D.C. have fewer graduates with computer-related degrees than the total number of available jobs. In California alone, the number of open positions is almost triple the amount of new computer science graduates in the Golden State.

As a result, tech-savvy job seekers who have a background in computer software or information technology, should have little trouble finding career opportunities. According to NetworkWorld, Moody's Analytics has predicted that approximately 138,000 technology jobs will be added in 2011.

“The recovery, which started in the big areas like Silicon Valley, has now spread to all of these other places,” said Alice Hill, managing director at

Furthermore, a new survey by the Illinois Technology Association reveals that the growth of the technology industry is helping reinvigorate the Prairie State's economy in the wake of the recession. According to the poll, which questioned more than 100 tech-related companies, about 40 percent of respondents said that they experienced revenue growth of at least 20 percent in the previous six months.

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It appears as if there are plenty of jobs for computer system professionals in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Industry experts across the country said that they are also on the hunt for high-tech workers, even as other industries appear to be at an economic standstill.

The director of the North East Ohio Software Association (NEOSA), Brad Nellis, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that a recent survey of its more than 2,500 members found that 68 percent of companies plan on adding to their workforce during the next year.

“Historically, the number of companies with current openings remains very high; in fact, it's the highest it's been in the more than 5 years that we've been doing this survey,” Nellis noted.

According to the recent unemployment numbers, Cleveland is not the only exception when it comes to hiring in the high-tech sector.

The Wall Street Journal reports that almost 6,000 new jobs were added nationwide in June 2010 in the computer systems industry, including work for designers, installers and programmers.

During the last year alone, U.S. job growth in high tech rose by approximately 70,000 new positions.

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Posting slower-than-expected revenue growth, flash software maker Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced it would be laying off hundreds of workers in the U.S. and Europe. The news isn't quite so bleak for New York software developer Altair, who has nearly 600 open positions advertised on its website.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the California-based Adobe said it would be cutting as many as 750 jobs in order to better concentrate on its digital media and digital marketing departments.

Adobe said the restructuring also included a bigger investment in its web formatting called HTML5, rather than its popular Adobe Flash player.

Meanwhile, the Troy, New York-based simulation software maker Altair is looking to fill hundreds of jobs at its headquarters and other offices around the world, according to

The company said it was having trouble finding qualified workers with technical degrees. Altair said it recently held 10 job fairs with a focus on hiring talented students, mostly from master's degree programs. The company also announced a new internship program, which is set to get underway next summer.

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