Health care gives way to software developer on U.S. News’ annual ranking of best jobs

A new year can bring new opportunities for executives who are considering a career change. If you're in that group, perhaps software developer should be put near the top of your list of potential jobs.  That’s because software development is the best job in the country for 2018, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of best jobs released this week. Driven by a surge in demand for employees with technological expertise, software development was able to push jobs in the health…

Seasonal hiring slows despite strong retail sales

Retail stores are anticipating a strong holiday shopping season, but that isn't necessarily translating into a surge in seasonal hiring. In fact, seasonal hiring nationally this year is at its lowest point since 2010. Data from the National Retail Federation show that retailers expect to hire between 500,000 and 550,000 seasonal employees this year, down from the 575,000 workers hired last year. What's the reason for the decline if there's an expected uptick in sales? Retail experts blame what…

Business winners and losers emerge as Washington marches to tax reform

The tax-reform ball is back in the Senate’s court now that the House last week passed its version of a comprehensive tax plan. But it’s still unclear whether lawmakers can work out key differences between the House bill and anything that emerges from the Senate Finance Committee — especially since a new analysis by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation found the House bill would ultimately increase taxes on everyone making less than $75,000.  Other potential sticking points: The two…

Small business owners in Buffalo and other cities aren’t happy with government

Washington's ongoing showdown over tax reform appear to be doing little to buoy the nation's small business owners, a majority of whom say regulations and other aspects of government are far more important to their day-to-day operations.  That's according to a report released today by Thumbtack.com, a website that connects consumers with local contractors and service providers, which surveyed more than 14,000 small business owners on a host of topics concerning the convenience and burdens of operating…

Rise of the robots: Buffalo retail workers should be aware

Concerned that robots and automation are disrupting huge swaths of the U.S. economy? You ain't seen nothin' yet. For years, industrial robots have increasingly displaced human beings in manufacturing-heavy sectors such as automobiles and consumer electronics. However, a new report released by Citi and the University of Oxford predicts that as much as 80 percent of retail and related warehousing jobs are now at risk from automation. Likewise, some 63 percent of sales jobs are also at risk, the report…