Tech jobs growing across nation

The digital revolution has impacted nearly every aspect of personal and business life. Innovations like smartphones, tablets and 3D printing have forever changed the way the world operates. Technology has also put people back to work. The greater the consumer demand for new gadgets, the more likely businesses are to hire more skilled workers to develop new technologies. According to new research, technology unemployment is far below the national average and employment in the sector is growing across the nation, making it an ideal time for companies to consult with technology recruiters about the best strategies for talent acquisition.

Unemployment down in 2012
More technology jobs have been created in the three years following the Great Recession than during any other economic period of recovery, according to a tech trend report for quarter four 2012 by Dice Holdings, an online community and jobs forum. Currently, unemployment in the tech industry stands at just 3.3 percent, well below the current national unemployment rate of 7.8 percent. The tech rate had dropped steadily since quarter one 2012 when it was 4.4 percent and the national average was 8.3 percent.

Dice Holdings said jobs gains in technology consulting were the biggest driver of decreasing unemployment. Dice found 21,000 positions in technology consulting were added in quarter four 2012, with a total of 80,500 jobs added in 2012. Yearly job losses in computer manufacturing – roughly 10,100 positions – and data processing and hosting – 1,600 jobs – partially offset the other employment gains, but the latter added jobs late in the fourth quarter.

“The tech segment of the labor market is doing quite well on a number of fronts,” Scot Melland, CEO of Dice Holdings, told Computerworld. “There’s good job growth in this economy. It has low unemployment, meaning there’s very few people on the beach.”

Chicago sees big tech gains
Illinois has seen notable job growth, especially in Chicago. According to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of the Dice data, the state employed 67,000 workers in the tech industry, including positions in computer systems and web design, the bulk of which were located in or around Chicago. From the end of the recession in June 2009 to November 2012, Illinois had created 10,800 technology consulting positions, The Sun-Times states.

The confluence of factors like an improving economy and a demanding consumer base make technology recruiters and Chicago recruiters in particular a valuable resource to burgeoning tech startups and businesses looking to establish themselves with the best available talent.