US IT Sector Adds 32,100 Jobs in June

Figure marks sharp reversal from May, when 28,800 information technology jobs were lost

Aldrin Brown

July 11, 2016

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US IT Sector Adds 32,100 Jobs in June
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The US IT industry added 32,100 jobs last month, paced by positive job growth in all categories except tech manufacturing, according to a CompTIA analysis of federal data.

June’s rebound marked a sharp reversal from May, when the sector shed 28,800 jobs, despite the addition of 7,400 jobs in the IT services category.

Hiring in the IT services sector has remained strong throughout the first half of the year.

“For the first six months of 2016, the IT sector has added 43,900 net new jobs, with the IT services category accounting for 90 percent of those gains,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president of research and market analysis for CompTIA, the Computing Information Technology Industry Association.

IT employment across all categories as of June 30 was estimated at 4.39 million, up from 4.35 million at the end of the previous month.

The bulk of May’s job losses were blamed on a telecommunications strike, during which about 35,000 Verizon workers were not on company payrolls.

Those employees returned to work in June, fueling an increase of 28,100 telecom jobs last month.

Hiring gains in IT even outpaced a sharp spike in job creation nationwide.

Overall, the US economy created an estimated 287,000 jobs last month, according to the monthly report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That figure significantly beat analysts’ estimates, and tamped fears of an economic downturn.

“The IT sector grew at a faster rate than overall national employment,” Herbert said. “Information technology continues to be a vital driver of growth and jobs in the US economy.”

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