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Tech employment rises by 11,400 jobs in July despite telecom losses: CompTIA

August 05, 2019

Technology employment in the US rose by an estimated 11,400 jobs in July even as telecom companies eliminated some 5,100 positions, according to an analysis by tech industry association CompTIA.

“Despite the telecom losses and some softness in job posting data, it was a reasonably solid month for tech,” said Tim Herbert, executive VP for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “Digital transformation is an ongoing process, where the mix of investment, skills requirements and business alignment are never static.”

CompTIA, which examined data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation report, found that July was solid month of hiring in technology services, custom software development and computer systems design. Hiring in these areas offset losses in telecom.

It noted telecom has experienced nine consecutive months of employment decline and an estimated 22,800 jobs have been eliminated. Without telecom losses, the tech industry job growth for the year would total 98,000 positions.

Looking ahead, based on job ads, software and application developer positions continue to be the most in-demand occupation with 78,000 job postings in July. Next highest was computer user support specialists with 20,100 ads. Rounding out the top five most in-demand are computer systems engineers and architects, 16,800 job ads; computer systems analysts, 15,000 ads; and web developers, 13,500 ads.

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