Tech industry job gains offset by slowdowns in other tech employment measures, CompTIA analysis shows
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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., July 5, 2024 ~ According to a recent analysis by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, the tech industry experienced a surge in job growth in June. The report, which analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) #JobsReport, revealed that an estimated 7,540 net new workers were added to the tech industry in June, making it the biggest monthly increase of 2024.

The analysis also showed that technology services and software development occupations continue to lead new hiring, which is seen as a positive sign for the small and medium-size segment of the sector. Currently, the total base of US tech industry employment stands at approximately 5.6 million workers.

However, this positive result was offset by a loss of 22,000 tech occupations throughout the economy. This led to an unexpected jump in the tech unemployment rate to 3.7%, moving directionally with the national unemployment rate increase for the month.

Tim Herbert, chief research officer at CompTIA, commented on these findings saying, "Despite pockets of growth, the recent data indicates a degree of downward pressure on tech employment." He also noted that factors such as AI FOMO may be contributing to some employers taking a wait and see approach with tech hiring.

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In terms of job postings for tech positions, there were nearly 200,000 new employer postings in June. While this is slightly down from previous months, there were still over 444,600 active tech job postings for the month and 2.5 million for the year.

Among major metropolitan markets, San Francisco and Denver saw healthy gains in job postings from May to June. San Francisco had a total of 6,110 open positions in June while Denver saw an increase of 424 job postings to reach a total of 3,684. However, most other metro markets experienced modest declines.

When looking at states, California, Texas, and Virginia had the highest volumes of June tech job postings. Interestingly, the report also showed that 46% of all active tech job postings in June did not require candidates to have a four-year degree. This percentage was even higher for certain key tech positions such as network support specialists (90%), IT support specialists (73%), network and systems administrators (54%), network architects (50%), and database administrators (50%).

The full "CompTIA Tech Jobs Report" can be accessed on their website at Overall, while the tech industry saw growth in job numbers in June, there are still some challenges and uncertainties that may be impacting employment in the sector.
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