Overall unemployment rates for the United States fell from 7.7 percent to 7 percent over the course of 2013, but the rate for tech workers stayed around 3.5 percent, according to the latest Tech Employment Snapshot from Dice.com.
The company reports that about 54,300 new job positions were created last year. The positions are mostly core, mainstream IT jobs such as network architects and administrators, software developers and programmers, database administrators, and Web developers. Computer support specialists were the most unemployed group with a 6.4-percent unemployment rate, and programmers were next with a 4.2-percent unemployment rate. Network architects were the least unemployed, with a mere 1.7 percent of their number currently without jobs.
Meanwhile, voluntary departures of tech workers rose to about 474,800 in the second half of the year from 402,500 in the first half. Dice notes the rise in voluntary departures is a positive sign, since it opens up opportunities, triggers "career growth for many tech professionals, and instill[s] confidence in the job market."
Meanwhile, Dice says layoffs and firings fell to "the lowest levels on record" at an average of 321,000 over the first two months of the fourth quarter.
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