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Pullback in tech employment modest relative to expectations, CompTIA analysis of latest labor market data finds

Mar 10, 2023

Unemployment rate for tech remains low with sustained demand for tech talent

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Technology-related employment declined in February, although at a relatively modest rate versus expectations, according to analysis by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce.

Tech sector employment encompassing all types of workers employed by tech companies fell by 11,184 positions in February, according to CompTIA's analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics #JobsReport data. Among tech subsectors, tech manufacturing added a net new 2,800 jobs, the fifth consecutive month of positive gains. All other tech subsectors experienced net employment losses for the month. As a percentage of the tech sector’s total base of employment the losses represent a fraction of one percent (0.2%).

“As expected, the lag in labor market data means prior layoffs announcements are now appearing in BLS reporting,” said Tim Herbert, chief research officer, CompTIA. “Context is critical. The recent pullback represents a relatively small fraction of the massive tech workforce. The long-term outlook remains unchanged with demand for tech talent powering employment gains across the economy.”

Tech occupations in all industry sectors declined by 38,000 positions[1]. Providing similar context, this represents a modest decline of about a half of one percent (0.6%) of the total base of tech employment across the economy. Consistent with the decline for the month, the unemployment rate for tech occupations crept up to 2.2%. In comparison the national unemployment rate increased to 3.6%.

Employer job postings for tech positions declined by about 40,000, to just over 229,000 in February.[2] Most metropolitan markets experienced fallbacks from January to February, with a few exceptions. Seattle saw job postings increase by just over 10%, to nearly 4,100 for the month. The CompTIA report also shows that there were modest gains in “below the radar” markets such as Salem, OR, and Little Rock, AR.

The largest number of job postings for tech positions occurred in the professional, scientific and tech services industry sector (35,257). Finance and insurance (24,735) and manufacturing (20,246) also had healthy numbers. Tech job postings in finance were dispersed across major metro areas, led by New York City (2,295), Chicago (1,407), Dallas (1,230), Boston (1,088), and Washington (1,051).

The “CompTIA Tech Jobs Report” is available at https://www.comptia.org/content/tech-jobs-report.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for unlocking the potential of the tech industry and its workforce. https://www.comptia.org/

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[1]Monthly occupation level data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tends to experience higher levels of variance and volatility.

[2] Labor market data from the BLS and employer job posting data from Lightcast may be subject to backward revisions.

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