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More IT Pros Find Jobs, Report Suggests

Labor Department quarterly survey estimates that the number employed in IT is back up around the level it was before the recession.

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An estimated 4.14 million are employed in U.S. IT jobs, back around the level IT employment was in the second quarter of 2008, before the recession took its toll. That's according to third quarter Bureau of Labor Statistics data from household surveys.

This is the second consecutive quarter that the BLS survey estimated U.S. IT employment above 4 million. In the second quarter of this year, the survey showed 4.06 million IT pros employed. The figures come from a quarterly summary of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Current Population Survey, which asks households about their employment situation.

In 2008, by comparison, the survey showed three consecutive quarters with more than 4 million IT pros employed, before the fourth quarter of that year wiped out around 260,000 IT jobs, as the banking crisis began in force. It wasn't until 2008 that U.S. IT employment surpassed 4 million for the first time.

The IT unemployment rate actually rose slightly this quarter despite the increased number of people employed in IT jobs, because the IT workforce--those employed and the unemployed who describe themselves as IT workers--also grew. The IT employment rate was 3.6%, up from 3.4% last quarter. The unemployment rate for all managerial, professional, and related occupations, which includes 54.7 million people, is at 4.8%.

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The IT employment data comes from totaling the survey data related to 12 IT job categories the BLS recognizes, such as IT manager, software developer, systems analyst, and support specialist. The BLS doesn't post this quarterly report on its site because some of the individual job categories (such as information security analyst) by themselves are too small for accurate quarterly estimates. That's why we report only the total IT employment and unemployment, not individual job categories.

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Denise G
Denise G,
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11/2/2011 | 2:49:21 PM
re: More IT Pros Find Jobs, Report Suggests
Great information in deed. was looking for just this to help my client Trans America Training Management, who offers IT training in various locations around the country. They were just given National Special Recognition and Marketing Collaboration Awards for fiscal year 2011 by Oracle University out of 200 other facilities.
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10/26/2011 | 2:02:31 AM
re: More IT Pros Find Jobs, Report Suggests
You do the math! Since 2008, around 500,000 to 1 million guest workers have been granted to .foreign IT workers, Guess what! 500,000 to one millions US STEM workers lost their jobs to make room for the foreign workers.
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10/10/2011 | 10:45:33 PM
re: More IT Pros Find Jobs, Report Suggests
That's good news that the IT workforce is growing. Curious if there are any particular certifications or anything that can give people a leg up.
Brian Prince, InformationWeek contributor
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