Report: Tech industry adds more than 30K jobs in first half of 2010

Industry reportedly lost more than 72K jobs between June 2009 and June 2010


According to a report issued Tuesday from the non-profit group TechAmerica Foundation which is based on figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the high-tech sector (composed of tech manufacturing, communications services, software services, and engineering and tech services) added more than 30,000 jobs in the first six months of 2010.

Josh James, vice president of research and industry analysis for TechAmerica Foundation, said in a statement that the tech industry is slowly starting to recover some of the job loss the sector suffered due to the recession. According to the report, the industry continued to add jobs until the last quarter of 2008. As a whole, the tech industry reportedly lost more than 72,000 jobs from June 2009 through June 2010.

"Though the tech industry was among the last to feel the effects of the economic downturn of 2008 – 2009, it was not immune to job loss and is only slowly showing signs of climbing out of it," James said. "Tech employment as of June 2010 stood at 5.78 million, compared to 5.99 million in January 2009. So there is still a way to go before we’ve made up for lost jobs, and continued recovery is by no means certain. With job growth in three of the four tech sectors, we remain guardedly optimistic."

For more information about the report or to download it, visit www.techamericafoundation.org.