Employment growth in the US information technology (IT) sector stagnated in April, as employment fell by an estimated 3,000 positions, according to CompTIA IT Employment Tracker released today by the association World leader in technology.
April job losses in telecoms (up to 5,300 jobs) and manufacturing of computers and electronic products (minus 1,700 jobs) offset gains in other employment categories, CompTIA's analysis of the current Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed.
IT services and customer software design marked the categories with job growth in April with the addition of 2,600 positions. Other information services, including service portals (+800) and data processing, hosting and related services (+600) also posted employment gains last month.
During the year, employment growth in the IT sector remained in a positive territory, an estimated 49,000 jobs to approximately 4.4 million workers. The category of software and IT services has been the strongest in 2017, totaling 84,200 jobs. The biggest decrease has occurred in telecommunications, which has lost 28,200 jobs so far this year.
"Despite slow IT job growth over the past three months, conditions remain favorable for long-term employment gains," said Tim Herbert, senior vice president of research and market intelligence at CompTIA. "The industries of the United States economy continue to increase their dependence on digital technology and services, which augurs well for employment gains among these segments of workers."
The second component of the nation's workforce - IT occupations in all other industries - grew by an estimated 90,000 jobs in April, spending three months of declines.
Jobs for the central IT positions were basically flat in April. Software developers are still the most active occupation.