Monday’s News Roundup

The number of IT jobs continued to grow at a greater rate than the overall job market, says TechServe Alliance’s monthly job index. The number of tech positions grew by 3,600 in June, after rising by 9,200 in May. That’s about 0.7 percent higher than in June 2009, and better than the overall private-sector job growth, which was down 0.4 percent year on year. [TechService Alliance via PRN]

Writing on ITJungle, Dan Burger sees an uptick in hiring for the IBM midrange. His estimate includes both full-time and contract work. [ITJungle]

You get an iPhone case, Apple engineers get a cot. Steve Jobs said Friday that Apple employees have been working around the clock since June 24 to address problems with the iPhone 4’s antenna reception. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s COO called the iPhone 4 Apple’s Vista. Ouch. [BusinessWeek, eWeek]

More tech jobs are appearing in the middle of the United States – what we folks on the coasts, or at least the more cynical among us, call "flyover country." Mid-America’s appreciation for work-life balance, technology that makes working remotely routine, and increased pressure to retain the best employees are all contributing factors. [CNN]

An estimated 50,000 people will begin training this fall to help develop and maintain electronic medical records solutions. More than 80 community colleges and universities will share $144 million in federal grant money to develop and implement the programs. [ComputerWorld]

As cloud and SaaS applications continue to grow in popularity, CIOs are losing influence within their organizations, according to a survey by Diamond Management & Technology Consultants. The company suggests VARS may need to refocus their sales strategies on operational lines of business. I suggest tech job seekers may need to look for influencers who sit outside the IT department. [Channel Insider]

An unsung and icky job: Internet content screener. These are the people who review all those photos and videos people post on all those social networks out there, some of which are so raw it hurts.  [NY Times]

— Mark Feffer