Dot-cloud boom? IT hiring strongest since June 1998

Summary:The unemployment rate for technology professionals fell to 3.8% in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

The folks at just sent out this memo:

In the month of July, 3,600 jobs were created in data processing, hosting and related events, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report.  That’s the single best month of job growth in this category since June 1998.

While the BLS numbers don't dissect the IT jobs in terms of specialty, Dice says its own numbers show growth in the "cloud" category. As the online tech job placement service put it: "Cloud service providers report in this category and their services appear to be increasingly in demand. The number of jobs posted on Dice containing the word 'cloud' hit an all-time high in August and account for six percent of all job postings."

There has been plenty of consternation that the rise of cloud computing means trouble for IT career prospects. But so far, interest in cloud from enterprises has been helping to fuel a boom.

Dice also further parsed the BLS jobs report, noting that the unemployment rate for technology professionals fell to 3.8% in July, from 4.2% in June. For the overall workforce, the unemployment rate stood at 7.4%. Technology consulting added 4,300 positions in July and 40,300 jobs this year.

Dice-July 2013 IT Hiring


Topics: Tech & Work, Cloud


Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, SOA, data, and... Full Bio

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