Report: Tech Industry Added 30,000 Jobs in First Half of 2010

The job market improved somewhat for tech professionals in the first half of 2010, with IT adding 30,200 jobs between January and June, according to a report by TechAmerica Foundation.

The report, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed growth of .5 percent in the areas of tech manufacturing, communications services, software services and engineering and tech services, with the total number of jobs in technology standing at 5.78 million. That compares with 5.99 million jobs in January 2009.

So there is still a way to go before weve made up for lost jobs, and continued recovery is by no means certain,” said Josh James, VP, Research and Industry Analysis, TechAmerica Foundation. With job growth in three of the four tech sectors, we remain guardedly optimistic.”

Over the most recent six months, high-tech manufacturers added 9,100 net jobs in the first half of 2010, for a total of 1.24 million tech manufacturing jobs in June a 0.7 percent gain.

The software services and engineering and tech-services sectors added jobs in the first six months of 2010: software services with 14,200 new positions and engineering and tech services with more than 29,700. But communications services, which includes Internet and telecom companies, shed 22,800 jobs.

On a year-to-year basis, from June 2009 through June 2010, tech lost 72,800 jobs, a 1.2 percent decline.

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