Well, OK, then: today’s the day that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes its report on the Employment Situation Summary for the month before. As usual lately, modest gain in private sector employment (+64,000 jobs) is offset by higher losses in temporary US Government jobs (more Census workers leaving their desks, their jobs now complete: -159,000 jobs) for a net loss of 95,000 jobs for September.
Some good news, finally for IT workers, though: September showed a net gain of 32,000 IT jobs vis-a-vis the same month in 2009 (Table A-14) as the total numbers of unemployed were measured. As far as I can recall, this is the first upward bump our sector has seen in some time. On the other hand, seasonally adjusted employment numbers (Table B-6) show a modest dip of 3,000 jobs from August 2010 to September 2010 (down from 2,183,000 to 2,180,000).
Where are we going? Nowhere, and not very fast. The “hunker down” mentality persists in corporate boardrooms, and until they open the taps on hiring, we’re likely to stay in the same sad place. Keep the faith!