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U.s. Tech Employment Nears Its All-Time High


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The U.S. technology industry added 7,100 jobs in November, an increase of 0.17 percent over October, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by the TechServe Alliance. The increase raises the overall tech industry employment to 4.068 million, up 2.1 percent from a year ago, and near its all-time high of 4.088 million workers set in June 2008. Alliance members have reported strong demand for information technology (IT) professionals, says TechServe CEO Mark Roberts.

In addition, a recent study by Yoh Services, a technology staffing firm that tracks the wages of its workers, found that wages for highly skilled workers increased by 6.85 percent in September 2011 compared to September 2010.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Reserve recently released its Beige Book, which also reported wage gains for IT workers. Although high levels of unemployment kept wage gains down in most sectors, "the primary exception was workers in information technology fields, such as software developers, who continue to see high levels of recruiting activity and significant wage increases," the Federal Reserve says.

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