Recession Hits IT - 117,000 IT Pro are unemployment

Unemployment of 4.3% for IT Pros higher than the national rate

National Unemployment Rate is 3.8% IT Pro Unemployment Rate Soars to 4.3% in September

(Park City UT – Janco Associates Inc. – Janco reports that job market for IT Pros took a turn for the worst as IT unemployment rate soared to 4.1% with 117,000 unemployed - that despite almost 130K unfilled open requisitions. In July there were 64K unemployed IT Pros, In August there were 106K - a 65% increase. In the last three months there was a loss of 14,300 jobs. Janco will be publishing it full set findings on Substack (

IT Job Market Size Adjustments - Prior Two Months

BLS IT Job Market Adjustments

Before adjustments
IT job market status before BLS adjustments
After Adjustments
IT job market status after BLS adjustments

The BLS adjusted downward the number of jobs initially added in July (-4,200) and August (-13,400). That reduction by the BLS of 17,600 jobs erased the gains that were previously reported.

National Unemployment Rate versus IT Pros Unemployment Rate

In January the report from the BLS the National Unemployment Rate was 3.7% versus the current 5.0% for IT Professionals.

Information Technology Unemployment Rate
Unemployment rate for IT Pros

There currently are over 128,000 unemployed IT professionals and the unemployment rate for IT professionals is worse than the national unemployment rate.

IT Job Market - April 2024

IT Job Market Forecast
There has been a major shift in the creation of new IT Jobs - AI and economic slowing are the drivers. The IT Job Market shrank by 48,600 jobs in CY 2023.

The CEO of Janco, M. Victor Janulaitis said, “Based on our analysis, the IT job market and opportunities for IT professionals are poor at best. In the past twelve months, telecommunications lost 25,800 jobs, content providers lost 10,500 jobs, and other information services lost 7,300 jobs. Gainers in the last three months, computer system designers gained 40,100 jobs and hosting providers gained 16,200. Currently, there are almost 130K unfilled jobs with over 117K unemployed IT Pros - a skills mismatch.”

The CEO added, “AI is slowing the growth of many entry level positions within IT, especially in customer service, telecommunications, and hosting automation. CIOs and CFOs are looking to improve the productivity of IT by automating processes and reporting where possible. They are focusing on eliminating “non-essential” managers, staff, and services. Experienced coders and developers still have opportunities. The highest demand continues to be for AI, security professionals, programmers, and blockchain processing IT Pros. “

Janulaitis expanded, “AI is displacing some IT Pros and eliminating some entry level positions as tools for AI are enhanced in ChatGPT, Natural language procession (NLP), TensorFlow (Google), Image Processing, PyTorch (Facebook), generative AI content creation, Midjourney, AI chatbot, Model tuning, and Sable Diffusion.” (see

He said, “There continues to be a general belief there will be an economic downturn by many CIOs and CFOs. This is impacting all decisions around hiring new IT Pros and technology-related expenditures. This has impacted the salaries of IT Pros (2023 Mid-Year Salary Survey) with a major impact on the compensation of IT Executives.”

Mean IT salaries
Updated with the latest data

The CEO added, “According to the latest BLS data analyzed, there are now just under 4.19 million jobs for IT Professionals in the US. Layoffs at big tech companies continue to hurt overall IT hiring. CIOs are looking at a troubling economic climate and are evaluating the need for increased headcounts based on the technological requirements of their specific business operations.”

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