IT Services Job Growth on the Rise, Telco Jobs Losing Ground

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IT sector employment increased by 3,600 jobs last month, with IT services fueling much of the growth – and telecommunications losing ground.

CompTIA's Tim HerbertThat’s according to CompTIA’s analysis of Friday’s Employment Situation report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Through the first four months of 2016, the U.S. IT sector has added 24,400 jobs and now employs an estimated 4.37 million people.

“The IT services category is powering job growth, adding 7,300 new jobs in April,” said Tim Herbert, CompTIA’s senior vice president of research and market intelligence. “At the other end of the spectrum, telecommunications continues to shed jobs, declining by 3,200 positions last month.”

Computer and electronic products manufacturing increased by 500 jobs in April, while data processing, hosting and related services lost 600 jobs, and other info services, including search portals, were down 400 jobs.

The IT workforce includes two components: employment within the IT sector and IT occupations across all other industries. The IT sector is the largest employer of IT occupation workers. IT occupation employment stood at an estimated 4.55 million in April, down nearly 3 percent from the previous month.{ad}

For the year to date, IT occupations have added a net 64,000 new jobs.

The number of IT occupation job postings in April totaled 138,700, down 17,200 from March. The biggest category for job postings last month was software and application developers, at 69,000 postings, signaling robust demand for software talent, according to CompTIA. Other categories of note included computer systems engineers and developers (18,600), web developers (18,200), computer systems analysts (16,600) and IT project managers (16,300).

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