Employment in the technology sector continues to grow, according to a new analysis of BLS data by CompTIA. Tech sector companies added 25,500 net new workers during August, with industry employment tracking 46% ahead of 2021 and 92% ahead of 2019.
Tim Herbert, chief research officer at CompTIA, noted that stability in tech hiring is an overarching theme in 2022. “Despite all the economic noise and pockets of layoffs, aggregate tech hiring remains consistently positive,” he said.
The unemployment rate for tech jobs increased slightly to 2.3%, but still remains less than the national unemployment rate of 3.7%. There were just under 320,000 tech positions available in August, with companies seeking skills including IT support, software development and engineering, and IT project management.
Options for remote and work from home continue to rise for tech workers, up 56% from last year and 281% from 2019. Employment opportunities are available across the country — New York City, Washington D.C., Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles have the most tech jobs available, while Allentown, Raleigh, and Columbus saw the largest month-over-month increases in job postings.
These categories saw the largest number of new hires:
- IT services and custom software development (+14,400)
- Computer and electronic products manufacturing (+4,500)
- Data processing, hosting, and related services (+3,200)
- Other information services, including search engines (+3,000)