I think we’re all now ready for the news to only get worse as 2009 goes on – so the fact the Mass unemployment rate shot up to 6.9% is really not surprise for anyone involved in the market. The following article http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2009/01/mass_unemployme_12.html goes into the details. The one silver lining for software engineers and high-tech workers – even with all of the high profile layoffs – 200 net jobs were created in Mass. We continue to place top candidates, and are actively recruiting for several niche openings. Clearly there is more turbulence ahead – but with a good strong partner on your side, and the right set of tools in your toolkit – finding a software/tech job IS possible.