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It may rain from October through March, but Seattle is a great place for techies to find a job right now.According to statistics from tech job-hunting site Dice, the number of tech job listings in Seattle is up 47% since last March. That edges out Austin, Texas (44%) and Silicon Valley (41%) and is way ahead of Washington D.C. (25%) and New York (24%).
Microsoft has been slowly hiring since laying off about 5,000 people in 2009 — the company’s headcount in the region grew from 39,284 at the end of June 2010 to 40,371 just three months later.
Amazon added nearly 10,000 workers between fall 2009 and fall 2010, bringing its total to 31,200 (not all in Seattle).
A lot of Silicon Valley companies have set up shop there as well: Google has about 1,000 employees in the region, making it the company’s third-largest outpost after Silicon Valley and New York City, and the company’s hiring spree will definitely extend to those offices. Facebook opened an office in Seattle in August, and Seattle mayor Mike McGinn was on hand to welcome Salesforce.com to town last week.