IT Job Numbers Jump, But Recession Effects Linger

More IT pros are getting jobs as the industry continues to emerge from the recession.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures show that there was in increase of 8,300 new IT jobs in March. In the last three months, 17,500 jobs were added. The number for the last 12 months is close to 82,000.

“This is fairly good news,” noted Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates. “Based on our interviews of 103 CIOs in the last two weeks, we see that more jobs are being created and a number of CIOs are now looking ahead towards expanding budgets in the next several quarters.

Janulaitis stresses that, despite the improvement, IT pros aren’t out of the recession just yet. “Budgets and hiring will remain tight until at least 15,000, or more, IT jobs are created for several months in a row.”

The unemployment rate overall remains at 6.7 percent, but some of those people who stopped looking for work during the lowest point of the recession are back in the job market. The participation rate, the BLS says, has risen to 63.2 percent.

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