|Term: “Unemployment”||Share of Clicks Following Search||Index|
|Age of Head of Household|
|MSN-Windows Live Search||10.0%||172|
Online advertised vacancies declined 506,000 to 3,355,000 in January 2009, according to The Conference Board. The January 2009 loss, combined with a similar sharp drop of 507,000 in December 2008, results in a decline of over 1 mln advertised vacancies, or 23%, in the last two months. The highest Supply/Demand rate is in Michigan (6.45), or over 6 unemployed people for every advertised vacancy. Other states where there are over 4 unemployed for every advertised vacancy include Mississippi (5.04), Indiana (4.78), Kentucky (4.72), North Carolina (4.31), Georgia (4.24), Florida (4.20), South Carolina (4.05), and California (4.03)
Job cuts in the tech sector increased 74.2% in 2008 compared with 2007. 186,955 jobs in the telecommunications, computer, and electronics sectors were slashed, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
An average IT employee made $78,035 in 2008, a 4.6% increase from 2007, according to Dice.com. Security analysts got the biggest raises in 2008, with an average salary increase of 8.4% to $86,778. Software engineers were next, with an increase of 7% to $90,031. Application developers got a 6.6% raise to $84,672.
60.6% of companies plan a reduction in salary merit increases (from 3.6% to 2.2% on average). 45.3% of companies expect bonuses for 2008 (for payout in 2009) to be lower by as much as 20% to 25%. 19.5% of companies are considering salary freezes. 31.6% of companies are currently considering hiring freezes, Empsight says.
24% of employed adults has been with their current employer for less than one year. A similar number (26%) have been with the same employer for 10 years or more. A little more than half (54%) have been with their current company for fewer than five years; another fifth (21%) have been with the same company for 5-9 years. Additionally, in 2006, employed Americans ages 25 and older averaged 4.9 years with their current employer, according to the Labor Department, according to Pew Internet Project
Half of wired workers note various negative impacts of communications technology on their work life: 46% say ICTs increase demands that they work more hours; 49% say ICTs increase the level of stress in their job; 49% say ICTs make it harder for them to disconnect from their work when they are at home and on the weekends, according to Pew Internet Project.
69% of employed adults earning $75,000 per year or more say they work from home at least some of the time, one in four do so every day or almost every day. By comparison, just 30% of those in jobs earning less than $30,000 per year work from home, and 12% do so every day or almost every day, according to Pew Internet Project.
Among those who are employed, 96% are in some way making use of new communications technologies- either by going online, using email or owning a cell phone. This group includes employed respondents who are either internet users (86%), have a cell phone (89%) or an email account (81%). Additionally, some 73% of workers use all three basic tools of the information age: they use the internet, have an email account, and have a cell phone, according to Pew Internet Project.
About 21% of women work fewer than 25 hours a week and 19% work between 26 and 39 hours a week, while only 10% and 9% of men work those respective hours. On the other hand, 29% of men work 41-50 hours and 21% work over 50 hours a week; 19% of women work 41-50 hours a week and only 8% work more than 50 hours a week, according to Pew Internet Project.