The information technology (IT) industry in America added 70,500 new jobs in the first half of 2015, employing nearly five million people at mid-year, according to CompTIA, the IT industry association.
The U.S. IT industry has generated job gains in 14 of the 18 months between January 2014 and June 2015.
The largest gains during the first half of 2015 recorded in IT services (+2.4 percent) and software (+ 1.5 percent).
Tech manufacturing grew slightly under 1 percent, mirroring the growth rate for the telecommunications and internet services sector (0.9 percent).
Job postings for IT occupations increased 20 percent during Q2 2015 compared to the previous quarter. Cybersecurity jobs, software developers, data scientists, web developers and network architects showed the largest increases.
Beyond traditional employers of IT workers, sectors such as healthcare, defense, retail and finance are now represented among the top 20 of companies with hiring intent.”
The unemployment rate for computer and mathematical positions hit 3.4 percent in July, which is still much lower than the overall national rate of 5.3 percent.