U.S. IT Jobs Back To 2008 Levels - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Government // Mobile & Wireless
11:43 AM
Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy
Connect Directly

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%.

[ Want more on the future of IT? Read 15 New Rules For IT To Live By. ]

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.

Global CIO
Global CIOs: A Site Just For You
Visit InformationWeek's Global CIO -- our online community and information resource for CIOs operating in the global economy.

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.

See the future of business technology at Interop Las Vegas, May 6-10. It's the best place to learn how cloud computing, mobile, video, virtualization, and other key technologies work together to drive business. Register today with priority code CPQCNL07 to get a free Expo Pass or to save 25% on Flex and Conference passes..

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Author
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
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

New Storage Trends Promise to Help Enterprises Handle a Data Avalanche
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  4/1/2021
11 Things IT Professionals Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  4/6/2021
How to Submit a Column to InformationWeek
InformationWeek Staff 4/9/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Successful Strategies for Digital Transformation
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
Flash Poll