ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In December, the economy added IT jobs at a robust pace, contributing to the totals of an already strong year for IT employment.
According to a monthly index of IT jobs developed and published by TechServe Alliance, a collaboration of IT services firms, clients, consultants and suppliers, the number of IT jobs increased by more than 15,300, (.4%) rising to 4,082,100 jobs in December. On an annual basis, IT jobs were up 3.3% in 2011 over 2010. This reflects an annual rate of growth in IT employment that is more than double rate the growth rate experienced in 2009 (1.3%).
By comparison, overall job growth for the economy was up only 1% year-over-year; though an improvement over 2010 when the labor force actually contracted on year-over-year basis (-.7%).
“As we begin 2012, I am heartened to see accelerating growth in IT employment,” stated Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. “Based upon both the data and anecdotal reports of my members companies, one of our greatest challenges going forward will be a shortage of IT talent in key skillsets,” added Roberts.
For a complete December 2011 IT Index, please visit http://www.techservealliance.org/pressroom/documents/IndexreleaseDecember2011FINAL.pdf
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By Tim Spagnola
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