Randstad USA has identified the most sought-after jobs for 2024, with a .NET developer topping the list, followed by a welder and call center representative. A .NET developer uses the .NET Microsoft framework to create and maintain software and applications. The annual salaries for these roles range from $83,144 to $141,758 for .NET developers, $16 to $26 per hour for welders, and $27,679 to $43,495 for call center representatives. This information can provide job seekers with a competitive advantage in navigating the dynamic job market.  

Temporary staffing hours worked in the US fell 13.8% in the week ended Nov. 25 compared to the previous week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the latest SIA | Bullhorn Staffing Indicator report.

Staffing hours were down 15.6% for professional roles and down 13.2% for commercial roles.

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 Elon Musk's artificial intelligence startup xAI has filed with the U.S. securities regulator to raise up to $1 billion in an equity offering, according to a filing on Tuesday.

The company has raised $134.7 million in equity financing from a total offering amount of $1 billion, the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission showed.

Fundraising for AI remains a bright spot for startups this year, following OpenAI's launch of popular chatbot ChatGPT last year and raising $10 billion from its strategic backer Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O). Regulators, however, are concerned about the potential use of the technology to spread misinformation.

Musk has been vocal about his plans to build safer AI. In a Twitter Spaces event earlier in the year he said that rather than explicitly programming morality into its AI, xAI will seek to create a "maximally curious" AI.

Tesla CEO and X owner Elon Musk attends the VivaTech conference in Paris

Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer of SpaceX and Tesla and owner of X, formerly known as Twitter, attends the Viva Technology conference dedicated to innovation and startups at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, France, June 16, 2023. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights

The billionaire, who has criticized Big Tech's AI efforts as ridden with censorship, in July launched xAI, calling it a "maximum truth-seeking AI" to rival Google's (GOOGL.O) Bard and Microsoft's Bing AI.

In 2015, Musk co-founded OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, which has created a frenzy for generative AI technology around the world but stepped down from the board in 2018.

XAI last month launched "Grok" a chatbot rivaling OpenAI's ChatGPT.

The artificial intelligence startup will be integrated into his social media platform X and also be available as a standalone app, Musk said in a post in November.

The team behind xAI, which launched in July this year, comes from Google's DeepMind, the Windows parent, and other top AI research firms.

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