Tech Unemployment Ticks Up to 2.2 Percent


The technology industry’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly in June, hitting 2.2 percent, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It stood at 2.0 percent in May.

Technology consulting added 1,400 positions in June (and has added 34,400 year-to-date); data processing, hosting, and related services gained 2,200 jobs during the same period. Computer and electronic product manufacturing lost 2,100 positions.

Despite tech’s low unemployment rate, there’s been a fair amount of debate over the strength of the startup economy. Even as a growing number of startups have attracted massive valuations—according to CB Insights, 169 companies are considered “unicorns,” or companies worth at least a billion dollars on paper—pundits and analysts have wondered openly whether there’s a “startup bubble” set to pop in the near future.

“I think it’s in the middle of coming to an end right now,” Vikram Mansharamani, an equity investor and lecturer at Yale University, recently told Dice Insights. “We’re seeing bubble dynamics, if not a widespread bubble. Within those dynamics there are definitely winners, but there are also a lot of losers.”

Despite some fears surrounding startups, there are few signs that the need for tech professionals will slacken anytime soon. Some 21 percent of CIOs recently surveyed by Robert Half Technology said they planned on expanding their technology teams in the remaining months of 2016. An additional 63 percent expected to hire only for open IT roles. Only 13 percent indicated that they would place any tech-hiring plans on hold in the second half of the year.

Those CIOs also said that they were looking for network administrators, desktop support, and database-management workers.

In a separate study, recruiters and managers told Dice that hiring software developers and engineers represented their top hiring priority this year. As firms across the country continue to build out their cloud and mobile capabilities, the need for skilled tech pros is as strong as ever.

3 Responses to “Tech Unemployment Ticks Up to 2.2 Percent”

  1. I am very suspicious about this low number.
    I feel strongly that the supply of software developers far outweighs the software jobs available.
    I have been looking for a full stack PHP job over a month but I haven’t received a single call for an interview. There seems to be a lot of jobs posted. If the job less rate this low, why I am not getting any calls? Case in point: I applied for 3 months contract PHP job. The admin person of this contract job said there was overwhelming response to this contract job. If the jobless rate is this low, why is that there are so many people applying for 3 mo nths contract job and why I am not getting any response back?

  2. Kevin Ward

    Remember while the national unemployment rate is 5%, the actual out of work number is mid 20’s. So lot of people looking for jobs (particularly those long past get an unemployment check) and we just don’t talk about that portion of our population.

  3. Adrian Lujan

    Tech still has a lot of jobs but I really do not believe in the whole facing a shortage talk that you hear about all the time. Seems like companies push that so they don’t have to keep paying big salaries.