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IT jobs grow modestly; engineering employment ticks down

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IT jobs grow modestly; engineering employment ticks down

Is there really a shortage of STEM workers in the US?

In what appears to be a paradoxical trend, IT and engineering job growth in the US appear to be less robust than expected.

According to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry, the number of IT jobs grew 0.2% sequentially last month to 5,094,400. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment grew by 3.9% since March 2015, adding 190,500 IT workers.

"Many policymakers have noted that while there is still significant underlying strength in the US economy, all indicators are not uniformly positive."

Engineering employment ticked down 0.05% sequentially to 2,528,200.  On a year-over-year basis, engineering employment grew by an anemic 0.8% since March 2015, adding 20,200 engineering workers---continuing to underperform the overall workforce.

Given the much-publicized supposed dearth of qualified IT and engineering candidates in the US, and the resultant debate over public policy with respect to importing such workers from abroad, the lack of jobs growth in these areas is somewhat surprising.

"While I would not characterize Q1 numbers as robust, IT employment continued to post steady growth in March.   On the engineering side, employment ticked down modestly," stated Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. "Many policymakers have noted that while there is still significant underlying strength in the US economy, all indicators are not uniformly positive.  The same could be said for job growth in technical occupations particularly engineering," observed Roberts.

 

 

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