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Is the It economy starting to turn around yet? It's dead in Michigan, but
how about other areas of the country? Any signs of a new boom out there?
 
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Um, the economy is doing quite well. It's not a 1998 boom, but by non-tech boom standards things are humming along fairly well. Boston has definately picked up and I had a lot of trouble trying to find competant Java developers in NYC. I regularly get calls from recruiters who see "Java" on my resume.

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Thanks for the reply. That is good news to hear.
Hopefully Michigan will come back too.
-Karl
 
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Good luck to you.

The job market in the D.C. area has revived for more than a year; although the hiring is not as good as that during the "dot com" boom era.

The recruiter of my Company told me that J2EE developers are difficult to find; but the supply of DBAs are still abundant. He must raise the salary of J2EE developers while keeping that of DBAs under a cap.
 
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Originally posted by Karl Kolberg:
Thanks for the reply. That is good news to hear.
Hopefully Michigan will come back too.
-Karl



It's tough to be in Michigan these days. The unemployment rate is the worst in the country, save Alaska. The state is heavily dependent on the Big Three, which are taking a heavy beating from the imports. Eddie Lampbert has moved Kmart off to Chicago, thus taking a major retailer from here. Many manufacturing industries are scared of setting up shop here perceiving fears from the UAW. Many of my friends have moved off to Atlanta, Carolinas, Alabama,Colorado etc. The governor accepted last month that the downturn in the big three was not due to the economic cycles but a sad reality. If Michigan can't pull in other industries soon, life will be tough for many of her residents.
 
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I think you are right. I am just hoping. I think the auto industry kind of
dominated things in the past, but now Michigan is struggling to find a new industry. I also think though that if there are jobs opening up on the east cost there should be some here too. Everyone needs a computer whether
their business is linked to the auto industry or not. But I agree with you if the auto industry doesn't come back the Michigan economy may not either.
 
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Originally posted by Karl Kolberg:
I think you are right. I am just hoping. I think the auto industry kind of
dominated things in the past, but now Michigan is struggling to find a new industry. I also think though that if there are jobs opening up on the east cost there should be some here too. Everyone needs a computer whether
their business is linked to the auto industry or not. But I agree with you if the auto industry doesn't come back the Michigan economy may not either.



I heard that Toyota is setting up her design office and moving many IT jobs from California to Ann Arbor. Also, Chrysler is hiring J2EE/UDB personnel on contract positions. GM and Ford are like earthquake zones right now. They hire on and off but one never knows which way the axe moves. DTE(Detroit Edison) too hires regularly. There is also Compuware among the IT majors. You can get a contract position in Detroit but getting a permanent position right now is tough. But if one is persistent, that is possible too going with the experiences of many of my friends.
 
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Originally posted by Karl Kolberg:
Is the It economy starting to turn around yet? It's dead in Michigan, but
how about other areas of the country? Any signs of a new boom out there?



Michigan is pretty bad; even worse for freshers (not sure if you're one or not). It might be worth your while to move to another state. I left a couple years ago.
 
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Originally posted by Marc Peabody:

Michigan is pretty bad; even worse for freshers (not sure if you're one or not). It might be worth your while to move to another state. I left a couple years ago.



But then "a couple of years ago" everywhere was bad.
 
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I am a fresher, and I have sent out resumes all over the country like everyone else. When it is out of state I get a lot of "local applicants only " type stuff. I have a personal theory that dice needs to reach 100000 before most people will be able to get the position they want. Its
only a personal theory.
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