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The latest U.S. jobless rate report that came out late last week gave some reason for hope, with the numbers dipping to their lowest level in two years. The percentage came in at 8.6 percent, down from the 9 percent mark it’s been stalled at this year.

Semantics matter here as everywhere else, though, since analysis pointed to the rate dropping as a result of some 315,000 people stopped looking for work. Just 64 percent of Americans are participating in the workforce, down from 64.2 percent. On the other hand, companies have added more jobs and small businesses hiring intentions are up.

If you happen to be an information technology professional, job site Indeed.com adds to the good news, showing a 13 percent change on the positive side in year-over-year comparisons of the industry’s employment trends as of October. What of technology professionals with expertise in semantic web?

Well, there’s some creep-up in the postings in most cases (not all), though things are not near peak (so to speak) levels of a couple of years ago, according to the site’s analysis. See the graphs below for the percentage of some job postings that list semantic web standards and technologies:

 Here’s one interesting new term on the comparative upswing, though:

Also, among the top job trends related to technology, interesting to see HTML 5 at the top of the list, given that richer semantic markup of documents is part of the close-to-finalized spec. And we’ve been hearing more about MongoDB and experimentation with it as a semantic triple store:


 Of course, you can find out more about semantic-related job openings every day right here on our web site (just search on “jobs”).

photos by: avlxyz & benwatts

About the author

Jennifer Zaino is a New York-based freelance writer specializing in business and technology journalism. She has been an executive editor at leading technology publications, including InformationWeek, where she spearheaded an award-winning news section, and Network Computing, where she helped develop online content strategies including review exclusives and analyst reports. Her freelance credentials include being a regular contributor of original content to The Semantic Web Blog; acting as a contributing writer to RFID Journal; and serving as executive editor at the Smart Architect Smart Enterprise Exchange group. Her work also has appeared in publications and on web sites including EdTech (K-12 and Higher Ed), Ingram Micro Channel Advisor, The CMO Site, and Federal Computer Week.

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