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May Tech Jobs Report



The latest May jobs report has unveiled a significant surge of 339,000 jobs, marking the 14th-straight month of job creation exceeding expectations and the largest monthly increase since January 2023. While this growth is impressive, the national unemployment rate has risen to 3.7%, partially due to people re-entering the workforce as their pandemic-era benefits expire. The IT sector, however, presents a contrasting picture with a notable drop in unemployment to an incredibly low 2%. By examining the job market trends and skill demands highlighted in the report, we aim to provide valuable insights that will aid employers in identifying talent and help job seekers understand the opportunities available in these thriving IT sectors.


The job creation in May was led by gains in professional and business services, government, health care, construction, transportation and warehousing, and social assistance. Although the national unemployment rate increased to 3.7%, it has fluctuated between 3.8% and 3.4% since February 2022. Within the technology and professional space, the IT sector continues to show a strong labor market, with an unemployment rate of 2%, and 2.1% for degreed workers over 25 years old.


In the IT employment space, the report identifies Software Developers and Engineers, IT Project Management, Data Analysts, and IT Support Specialists as the top in-demand skills. Moreover, the hottest markets for IT professionals are New York City, Washington DC, and Dallas.


The May jobs report paints a positive picture for both employers and job seekers in the IT sector. With a remarkable surge in job creation and a notable drop in IT unemployment, there are abundant opportunities and career advancement available. Employers should identify in-demand skills and align their hiring strategies accordingly. Meanwhile, job seekers can capitalize on the thriving IT sectors by honing their skills and targeting the hottest markets. Staying informed about the latest trends and skill demands will be crucial for success in the dynamic IT industry as the job market continues to evolve.


At IQ Clarity, we understand the challenges employers face in finding the right IT professionals to meet their business needs. That's why our team offers comprehensive IT recruiting solutions that streamline the hiring process and connect employers with top talent. With our extensive network of skilled IT professionals, employers can access a pool of pre-screened candidates and make data-driven hiring decisions. Trust IQ Clarity to be your partner in navigating the dynamic IT job market and finding the perfect fit for your IT needs.


Ted Hellmuth, IQ Clarity

As the Founder & GM of IQ Clarity, Ted is continuously seeking to disrupt the technology recruiting industry. He has over fifteen years of experience helping Colorado companies find solutions to their most complex technology and talent acquisition initiatives. Prior to starting IQ Clarity, he was a Talent Acquisition Consultant for Comcast / NBCUniversal. He also spent more than a decade with one of the world’s largest staffing firms. Ted received a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Colorado at Boulder and his MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. While he is not scouring the web for top engineering talent, Ted enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife and three children.


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