States spend big on remote-working tech, brace for unemployment

As more U.S. cities and counties issue shelter-in-place orders, state governments are spending big on laptops and software licenses to ensure their employees can continue to run the government remotely. Unemployment systems, meanwhile, are straining under an increased load as many non-essential businesses have been restricted from operating. The Colorado Office of Information Technology reported last week that it proactively purchased about 1,800 Lenovo laptops for an anticipated surge in remote workers. At a cost of about $1,325 per machine, the sudden hardware purchase cost Colorado nearly $2.4 million. The state also reported ramping up its VPN capacity from 10,000 to 30,000 users to ensure staff could securely access files and conduct state business from home, which cost about $8,000. Places where the virus spread first forecast an economic fate that could soon arise stateside. An estimated 5 million people in China lost their jobs in January and February, and … Continue reading States spend big on remote-working tech, brace for unemployment