US employment numbers released by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Statistics (BLS) shows a net gain of 9,600 in IT-related jobs in December, representing the seventh straight month of positive job growth in IT labor segments in federal employment data, eJobDescription reports.
Key IT job segments in the BLS data showed a net gain of 45,800 jobs in the last six months of 2010 and 26,000 jobs in October through December. Leading all segments were gains in management and technical consulting services and computer systems design and related services segments, which accounted for 89 percent and 85 percent, respectively, of all new jobs created.
Jobs in the data processing, hosting and related services segment added 200 jobs in December, the worst performing segment in the month. Two job segments in the computer and electronics products industry category added jobs: communications equipment (+500 jobs) and computer and peripheral equipment (+700 jobs).
"The services industry has been on a steady roll since last March; in fact, nearly 95 percent of all new IT-related jobs created since March - 54,600 of 56,000 jobs according to federal job loss data - were recorded in the management and technical consulting services and computer systems design and related services segments," said Victor Janulaitis, CEO and chief research officer at IT research firm Janco Associates. "I don't want to overemphasize CIOs' dependency on contractors, consultants and managed services; indeed, they're also making key hires in many areas. But it's clear that demand for full-time workers outside the services sector has yet to experience the kind of momentum witnessed in services jobs."