May 6, 2013 – Services and consulting once again led enterprise IT job gains for the month of April, as the data and IT field as a whole continues a steady pace of employment growth,  according to new figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and analysis by research group, Foote Partners.

Across the four industry job segments that touch on IT hiring, Foote Partners counted approximately 9,700 new jobs. That was down by 1,700 new hires from March, though still higher than the monthly average from 2012, which was 9,442, according to Foote’s analysis.

The majority of the hiring growth in April came from management and technical consulting (5,700) and computer system design and related services (3,300). During the last six months, management and technical consulting has registered 33,600 new jobs, and, in the last year, system design and services has tallied more than 30,000 new jobs, according to Foote and BLS.

There were also upward hiring trends in other stunted job sectors. Telecommunications and data processing, hosting and related services, which combined have notched more than 38,400 lost jobs in the last 24 months, reversed that trend last month with a modest gain of 700 jobs.

In a statement with the market assessment, Foote Partners Chief Analyst David Foote said there has been growing hiring and anecdotal proof in the first four months of 2013 that CIOs and IT leaders are refocusing their data and tech efforts and bolstering plans that speak to their core business. Overall, Foote found “positive momentum” in IT hiring this year that has carried over since October 2012.

“Momentum means everything when it comes to hiring trends; IT jobs have it but many other segments of the labor market simply do not,” said Foote.

Unemployment numbers on the whole changed little, dipping a sliver to 7.5 percent with 11.7 million out of work, according to BLS. The federal jobs report has found 673,000 fewer unemployed people since January. Since April, long-term unemployment also declined by about 258,000 to 4.4 million, according to BLS.

To download a PDF of the Foote Partners IT jobs report, click here.

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