Tech Hiring Stands Out in December Jobs Report

CompTIA analysis of December #JobsReport finds solid growth in US IT sector and IT occupation employment

U.S. information technology (IT) companies increased employment by a net 22,200 workers while IT occupations throughout the economy grew by an estimated 391,000 positions in December, an analysis by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the IT industry and workforce, reveals.[1]

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The positive tech employment news stood out in a month where the U.S. economy lost 140,000 jobs, according to today’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Employment Situation report (#JobsReport).

“Tech hiring continues to bring a degree of stability to a still fragile labor market in an incomplete recovery,” said Tim Herbert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “With projections of employer demand for tech talent remaining strong in the year ahead, we hope tech can continue to serve as a catalyst for business and career opportunity.”

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The tech occupation unemployment rate was 3% in December, compared to 6.7% for the overall economy. Tech unemployment started 2020 at 3% and ranged from a low of 2.4% to a high of 4.6% during the year.

Tech Sector Hiring Led by Services, Software Jobs

December hiring within the IT sector was paced by the addition of 20,300 jobs in the IT services and custom software development category in the employment category, an important indicator of small and medium-size business activity.

Also in positive territory were the categories of data processing, hosting and related services (+ 2,600), computer, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing (+ 1,600) and other information services, including search portals (+ 200). Telecommunications employment declined by 2,500 jobs.

During 2020 the U.S. IT sector recorded six months of employment growth and six months of job losses. IT occupation employment experienced seven months of growth and five months of declines in 2020. Last month’s addition of an estimated 391,000 new positions represented the largest monthly gain last year.

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