Tech Worker Numbers Continue to Grow; Temp Is 3rd Fastest Sector

Techserve alliance June 2014The number of IT workers grew at a pace faster than the national jobs rate, and better than many other sectors, including healthcare.

Temp, however, grew faster than all but two other sectors tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT and engineering staffing industry, reports IT employment grew 3.2% from June 2013 to June 2014, adding 144,200 workers. The Alliance says there were 4,664,800 IT jobs as of last month.

Engineering jobs also increased, the Tech Alliance said, but at a slower pace. From June to June, engineering jobs increased 1.8% to 2,506,300.

Nationally, the economy added 2.495 million jobs since June 2013, a growth rate of 1.83% on a seasonally adjusted basis. Private sector jobs increased 2.13%.

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On a percentage basis, temp employment was among the fastest growing sectors tracked by the BLS. Ranking third, temp workers increased 216,000 to 2.87 million in June 2014, for an 8.4% increase.

The fastest growing sector — and at 209,200 workers, one of the smallest — was the “Other information services” category. Composed mostly of news syndicates, libraries, archives, exclusive Internet publishing and/or broadcasting, and web search portals, according to the BLS, the subsector grew 8.45% on a year-over-year basis.

Residential construction, which went from 610,000 jobs in June 2013 to 660,600 in June 2014 grew at a 8.3% rate.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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