US IT sector saw the addition of 9,600 jobs in June

Despite substantial employment gains in 2018, the IT sector overall is down by 90,000 jobs


The US IT sector added an estimated 9,600 jobs in June 2018, according to a report by CompTIA, extending the sector’s five-month streak of employment gains and bringing the total of additional IT roles so far in 2018 to 48,900.

However, the same report found that, despite the recent gains, IT employment across all sectors was down by 90,000 jobs, while employment in the US as a whole has grown by 2.4 million in the last 12 months.

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The analysis found that job growth occurred most significantly across three categories: IT services, custom software development and computer system design; computer, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing; and data processing, hosting and related services. Telecommunications employment, however, shrunk by 3,200 positions in June 2018. This category alone has declined by 18,200 jobs so far in 2018; and has shed an estimated 30,700 jobs over the past 12 months.

"Despite the mixed bag of results in the tech labor market over the past few months, demand for tech talent remains strong," said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. "There will always be a degree of volatility in BLS data from month-to-month. Over the long-term, we expect the growth trajectory to continue."

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