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Jobless rate dips to 8.2 percent in Washington state, the lowest level in more than 3 years

Politicians have been hesitant to declare a full economic recovery, but here’s more evidence that things are turning around (at least in Washington state). The unemployment rate fell again during the month of February, dropping to 8.2 percent as the state added 4,200 jobs. In a report today, the state’s Employment Security Department said that… Read More

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Chart: Technology job posts are on the rise in Seattle

Last week, Payscale released a report showing that Seattle is one of the hottest markets for startup technology jobs. Now, here comes more evidence of the fact that technology companies continue to look for tech talent in the region, from giants like Amazon.com to small startups. Dice.com said that tech job posts on the site… Read More

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Map: The hottest spots in the U.S. for startup tech jobs

Startup companies all over the country are fighting hard to attract and retain top technology talent — a tough chore given the rise of powerhouses such as Facebook and Amazon.com which are lapping up engineers and developers at every turn. (No wonder some startups have resorted to giving away cats in order to find engineers)…. Read More

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Good news: Jobless rate falls to 8.3 percent in Washington

We often feel like we’re in a bubble covering the tech industry, a sector which has shown resilience and strength despite the troubles in the overall economy. But are things finally starting to turn around for the majority of Washingtonians? According to the state’s Employment Security Department, that may be the case. A new report… Read More

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Microsoft back in hiring mode: Where it’s adding new jobs

Microsoft returned to modest employment growth in 2011, adding more employees around the world than at any point since making its first widespread cutbacks during the recession of 2008 and 2009. The company added a net total of 2,900 people over the past year — a 4 percent increase that brought its total direct workforce… Read More

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As talent war accelerates, venture firm hires a veteran recruiter to find top execs and developers

It’s getting much harder for startup companies to find the technical, engineering and executive talent that they need to grow their companies, especially in Seattle where fast-growing technology companies such as Facebook, Hulu and Salesforce.com have recently opened engineering offices. But Madrona Venture Group is looking to lend its entrepreneurs a hand in this talent… Read More

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The Climate Corp. picks Seattle for branch office, looks to cultivate talent to crunch weather data

Over the course of the past 18 months, a number of California tech titans (Facebook, Salesforce.com, Zynga and Hulu) have established new engineering offices in Seattle. Most have arrived for one simple reason: The region’s strong line-up of technical talent. Now here comes one of the more unusual arrivals. (At least on the surface of… Read More

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Amazon.com picks Boston for new development center

Amazon.com has been growing like a weed over the past year, hiring hundreds of engineers and developers at its new headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and expanding its footprint in the city. But Amazon, like many other technology giants, is now looking elsewhere for top talent. The Boston Globe reports that the giant… Read More

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Daily deal site Zulily to add up to 600 jobs in central Ohio

Zulily, the fast-growing Seattle daily deals site, is planning to establish a new distribution and fulfillment center in central Ohio that could employ as many as 600 workers over the next three years, reports The Columbus Dispatch. In an effort to attract Zulily, the state of Ohio awarded income tax credits to the company on… Read More

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Another day, another big real estate lease for Amazon.com

Amazon.com’s appetite for office space in downtown Seattle is truly astounding. For the second time this week, word has emerged that the fast-growing online retailer has signed a big lease. This time, Amazon.com has gobbled up 106,000 square feet at the 1260 Mercer Building in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Conveniently located next door to… Read More

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Amazon.com continues to grow, gobbling up prime real estate

Amazon.com added more than 8,000 employees during the third quarter — a mind-numbing hiring pace for the Seattle-based online retailer. And where are they going to put all of those folks? Last month, we reported that the company was poised to take over several floors in the West 8th office building located at 8th and… Read More

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Google hires Microsoft worker who left over Nokia tweet

Remember Joe Marini? He’s the Microsoft worker who left his job back in September after tweeting about what was then an unreleased Windows Phone from Nokia. As we reported at the time, Marini stepped down after being told he would be dismissed for improper use of social media and disclosure of confidential information. Well, as it… Read More

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Jobless rate in Washington state drops to nine percent

Washington state’s unemployment rate fell to nine percent during the month of October as employers added 4,600 jobs in education, health services, government and other sectors. It marks the lowest unemployment rate in the state since March 2009. Government was the leading sector, with 2,900 jobs added in local, federal and higher education. The new… Read More

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Bain Capital to buy Physio-Control from Medtronic for $487 million

After 13 years under the umbrella of Medtronic, Redmond-based Physio-Control is getting a new corporate parent. It was announced this morning that the maker of defibrillators will be purchased by private equity firm Bain Capital for $487 million in cash. Physio-Control, which was founded more than 50 years ago and now has more than 650,000… Read More

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Young workers prefer Amazon to Microsoft, but they really want a job at Google

Amazon.com, Microsoft, Google and Facebook constantly compete for talent, wooing employees with lucrative stock grants, big salaries or nifty office perks like free lunches. But where’s the most desirable place to work for young professionals? A new survey out by Universum of more than 6,700 professionals under the age of 40 found that Google — the… Read More

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Facebook doubling down in Seattle, moving to larger office

Facebook’s Seattle engineering office will move to a new downtown location next year, twice the size of its existing space, to create room for additional growth beyond the 60 engineers it already has working here. “We’re excited to announce that we’re moving to a new office space in downtown Seattle early next year,” said Ari… Read More

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Tech Moves: Sony vet hired at WildTangent; Keegan Hall joins Pirq; RescueTime and more

Mark Donohue, a former senior vice president of ad sales at Sony Digital, has joined WildTangent to oversee the Redmond game company’s advertising sales business. Donohue will oversee the company’s social and mobile gaming ad business, and assist with international expansion. WildTangent operates offices in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Redmond, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. “WildTangent is… Read More

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F5 Networks hires Cisco veteran to lead charge in security

F5 Networks, fresh off its blockbuster financial announcement last week, continues to strengthen its executive bench. The Seattle company today announced that Manny Rivelo, a 19-year veteran of Cisco Systems, has joined as vice president of security and strategic solutions. Cisco and F5 Networks are longtime rivals, so the hiring of Rivelo is especially interesting…. Read More

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Amazon vet Anne Krook puts roots down at Mindbloom

Anne Krook, who spent 13 years at Amazon.com, most recently overseeing disaster response and disaster recovery, has joined Seattle startup Mindbloom as vice president of operations. Mindbloom, which launched in September, has developed a Web and mobile game that’s designed to help people improve their lives by nurturing a virtual tree and engaging in positive behavior related… Read More

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Tech Moves: Isilon vet joins Skytap; Sewichi bulks up; and more

Brett Goodwin, a former marketing executive at Isilon Systems and RealNetworks, has joined fast-growing Seattle cloud computing startup Skytap as vice president of marketing and business development. Goodwin was employee number 15 at Isilon, the Seattle storage company that sold to EMC last year for $2.25 billion. Before that, he spent six years at RealNetworks…. Read More