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IT jobs on the rise in otherwise stagnant economy

Posted on May 8th, 2014 Read time: 1 minutes

The number of IT jobs in the U.S. rose by 0.28 percent since March, according to TechServe Alliance, a trade organization of the IT and Engineering Staffing industry. Year over year, employment in this sector has grown by 2.61 percent.

This is further evidence IT is at a boom time for temporary workers, and likely things will continue in this way for a long time.

"After some sideways movement last year, it seems IT employment growth has settled into a pattern of consistent month-over-month growth," said Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance."On the engineering side, we saw a modest uptick in the growth rate in April."

He added he is confident IT and engineering will continue to grow as work picks up in the second and third quarters of 2014.

Employment across all industries, whether through an employer of record or not, is hard to come by. Market Watch reports jobless claims have dropped by 26,000 this week to 319,000. This is a better number than what had been anticipated by many experts, which was 325,000.

"Historically, April claims data has been volatile, as the impact of holidays and school spring breaks are difficult to appropriately account for in seasonal adjustments," said Jim Baird, chief investment officer at Plante Moran Financial Advisers.

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