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IT Jobs: Which States Show Most Growth?
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tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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8/18/2014 | 11:50:29 AM
Re: A very taxing state
I think the US economy is still in worse shape than they are letting on. When they talk about added jobs in the monthly reports being positive, they do not talk about the fact that these are mostly part time retail jobs. Many folks are working below their capabilities because the jobs have disappeared. The business climate in this country is not good because of what is going down in Washington. Hopefully when the politicians change, so will the climate.
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8/14/2014 | 10:03:23 AM
Re: states
Lack of a personal income tax in Florida is a big benefit -- like getting a raise, even if your salary remains the same when you relocate. In Brevard and Orange Counties, Florida, we're seeing a lot of companies open or expand offices, and pay salaries similar to those in the northeast or west. Despite the lower cost of living and lack of tax, businesses like Harris, Embrauer, and others recognize they must pay competitively for their industry in order to attract talented engineers and technologists. Simply having a high salary comparative to Florida doesn't work for many of these professionals, who are unwilling to take a real salary cut despite the difference in living expenses. There are added benefits: Florida's pre-paid college tuition program locks in rates so residents can pay for their kids' college long before they graduate high school, for example. (We love this program!)
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Technocrati,
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8/13/2014 | 10:01:52 PM
Re: states

@Kevin   Thank you for your insight.   As an engineer who is seriously contemplating a "change of scene"  the advice along this thread has been invaluable.    

I think I have a couple of road trips to make, but this discussion has been really helpful in considering all of the aspects ( or at least most of the important ones) with regard to relocation to "hot tech areas".  

No Income tax ?   I forgot about that - and that is a major consideration to be sure. Many elements to consider and thanks again for bring them up. 

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8/13/2014 | 7:17:16 PM
Re: states
I think the cost-of-living difference between some of the states on the list (no state income tax in Texas and Florida, for example, as someone else noted previously here) and the Bay Area or NYC is a big lure for some people, and it should be part of the recruiting pitch for IT employers when applicable. As someone who relocated to North Carolina after living in Los Angeles and San Francisco, I can attest: the price difference, especially for housing, is a big as advertised.
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Technocrati,
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8/13/2014 | 5:41:47 PM
Re: Far from the Valley

@Laurianee   Excellent point, sounds like the place to go if you want to get some real Big Data experience.   Texas is full of opportunity it appears.

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8/13/2014 | 5:39:55 PM
Re: Sunshine State

@Alison_Diana    Thanks for letting us know what is going  on in Florida.   I have vacationed in the state once - and still remember the heat and humidity.  Did the Tampa to St. Petersberg trip.    

The heat and humidity is not necessarily a bad thing - but not for the squeamish. : ) 

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8/13/2014 | 5:34:15 PM
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@TerryB    Thanks for the insight.   I am in L.A. now so I guess I would be use to the traffic.   And for the record I have nothing against partying or Stevie Ray Vaugh.   I will have to go on a road trip and check things out.

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8/13/2014 | 1:15:49 PM
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Dell is headquarted in Round Rock, a suburb of Austin. IBM has huge presence there, as does HP. Univ of Texas is no longer the only game in town.

But you people are missing a big item if considering moving to Texas: You better love traffic. Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio are all an adventure. And I'm talking just trying to get somewhere on Interstates.

But that said, Austin is one of my favorite cities in country. Long live 6th street, the home of the late Stevie Ray Vaughn.
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8/12/2014 | 4:23:10 PM
Tech hot spots

From an operational perspective the cost of living in the rising states has got to be attractive for those that can't afford to live in Silicon Valley or NYC. The issue in recruiting has to be whether the best and brightest would be interested in living in one of these non-traditional tech hot spots.

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8/11/2014 | 12:18:17 PM
Far from the Valley
This list shows a good diversity of options, far from Silicon Valley where housing has become such a dilemma. I know our columnist Jonathan Feldman is a big fan of the North Carolina tech community. As for Texas, those energy companies will need a slew of data pros for years to come. If I were in big data analysis, that would be a good place to try and shine.
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