According to a press statement released June 8 by job market analysis organization TechServe Alliance, American companies, for the fifth consecutive month, added information technology (IT)-related positions to their payrolls.
In its IT Employment Index, TechServe estimated that there were 4,179,500 positions in the field at the end of May. Of this number, 1,586,400 were in computer systems services, 1,126,600 in management and consulting and 240,600 in data processing and hosting. Total jobs in the industry rose 15,000 or 0.4 percent for the month and 110,000 or 2.7 percent for the year beginning in May 2011.
TechServe officials struck a positive note in the company's press release, suggesting that IT was resisting some of the larger downward pressures affecting the larger national jobs market.
"While the overall May jobs report was interpreted by many as a signal of a stalling recovery, we are seeing no such slowdown in IT," Mark Roberts, TechServe's CEO, said in the company's press release. "To the contrary, my member companies who place high tech talent in most Fortune 1000 companies report both robust demand as well as a shortage of talent in high-
demand skill sets."
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