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4/12/2012
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U.S. IT Jobs Back To 2008 Levels

Bureau of Labor statistics show IT unemployment still hovers above 4%, though, as more unemployed people relaunch their search for work.

Tech-related jobs in the U.S. have recovered back to their pre-recession levels, with total people employed in IT above 4 million again, according to data in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' surveys of U.S. households in the first quarter of this year.

U.S. IT employment is at an estimated 4.04 million, according to the first quarter BLS data. That means three of the last four quarters have shown IT jobs above 4 million; the last time that happened was in 2008.

IT unemployment is estimated at 4.3% for the first quarter, based on the survey data. That's an increase from the prior quarter's 3.9% despite IT job growth, as more people returned to the IT workforce as unemployed but looking for a job. The overall managerial and professional unemployment rate is estimated at 4.2%.

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The BLS data looks at 12 broad IT job categories, using household interviews known as the Current Population Survey. The largest tech categories are software developer and computer and IS manager, while the smallest are computer and information research scientist and information security analyst.

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Some critics consider the survey definition of what an IT worker is today too narrow, given the importance of deep tech skills in many business unit functions. But the surveys do provide a high-level trend of the U.S. IT job market's health.

InformationWeek's recent survey of IT executives found a cautious IT hiring picture, with few companies cutting staff but a large minority maintaining a hiring freeze. Eighteen percent of execs in the survey are actively staffing up across many areas, while 36% are staffing up only for specialized tech or business skills.

Those numbers are fairly similar to 2011. Thirty-one percent are in a hiring freeze, while 4% are likely to lay off people. The one big change from 2011 is a drop in those looking to use outsourcers or contractors before hiring full time: that dropped to 11%, from 19% in 2011.

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ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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4/17/2012 | 2:21:16 PM
re: U.S. IT Jobs Back To 2008 Levels
These are the 12 categories in the BLS Current Population Survey that I added to reach the total. I'll include this list list in future articles on the survey:

Computer and information systems managers
Computer and information research scientists
Computer systems analysts
Information security analysts
Computer programmers
Software developers, applications and systems software
Web developers
Computer support specialists
Database administrators
Network and computer systems administrators
Computer network architects
Computer occupations, all other
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weaver,
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4/14/2012 | 1:46:36 AM
re: U.S. IT Jobs Back To 2008 Levels
Mr. Murphy

Perhaps you would enlighten us as to what the term "IT" is. As far as I know, the BLS has no such occupational group.

Where is the source that supports your claim?
hypocriticaldemocracy
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hypocriticaldemocracy,
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4/14/2012 | 1:23:52 AM
re: U.S. IT Jobs Back To 2008 Levels
hypocritical "democratic" comment from the "free" world, regarding free market?
twins.fan
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twins.fan,
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4/13/2012 | 1:06:09 PM
re: U.S. IT Jobs Back To 2008 Levels
The only way that unemployment among tech workers is 4% is to ignore the hundreds of thousands of US STEM workers who have permanently lost their jobs because of the importation of cheap entry level workers from the third world, primarily India and Communist China.

Since 2008, each year there have been hundreds of thousands of workers with work visas, like the H1B visa, the L1 visa, the OPT visa, the B1 visa, and an alphabet soup of other visas, and tech employment is back to 2008 levels? Guess what, those people coming to this country have replaced US STEM workers, many who will likely have been pushed out of their STEM careers for the rest of their life.

The author casually forgot to mention that in this shallow puff piece article.
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