The Labor Department's job report released Friday was pretty dismal, with a net 18,000 positions added during the month. It counted 57,000 jobs created in the private sector, but offset by 39,000 positions cut in the public sector. The overall unemployment rate inched back up to 9.2 percent.
The job losses in government seem to be the real story, according to U.S. News & World Report. In June, local governments eliminated 18,000 positions and the federal government shed 14,000 jobs. It says 100,000 government workers have lost their jobs this year. Still, governments still have 7 percent more workers than in 2000, while the private sector has about 1 percent fewer.
A separate report released Thursday by payroll company Automatic Data Processing Inc. and consultancy Macroeconomic Advisers, meanwhile, found hiring picking up in businesses that employ 50 or fewer workers. It found that those small businesses added 88,000 jobs in June, up from just 27,000 in May, The Wall Street Journal reports.
... some hiring managers are influenced by the overall unemployment numbers, and it really does not relate at all to technical. We have to educate them. We have to work hard to attract the people that they want. They're not sitting around waiting for you to call.
Dice.com's Tom Silver puts the IT unemployment rate at about 4 percent and according to a recent Dice survey, tech hiring is expected to increase in the second half of the year, InfoWorld reports.
Indeed, the Labor Department report indicated that tech was a good placed to be. The Register breaks out the hiring that did take place in June, noting that the Labor Department's algorithms have changed, pushing the numbers down for 2011. (It recalculated the previous months of this year.) Last month, though:
And within that sector:
And there were fewer tech layoffs in the first half of the year than in 2010, about 2,400 a month, though the numbers rose in May and June, according to outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas. It counted 14,308 jobs cut in the U.S. electronics, computers and telecommunications industries in the first six months of 2011, down 60 percent from 35,375 in the period a year before. It also notes announced plans to hire 25,463 workers in the sector this year.
Meanwhile, the layoff rate in other sectors was higher, Network World reports.