For the better part of the last decade the US economy has been trying to recover from, for lack of a better term, the Great Recession. As people continue to get back to work, and as we continue to see signs of recovery all around us, it’s still assuring to see that growth backed up with statistics.
According to the Associated Press, in a report posted by ABC News, the number of US job openings posted in July is at nearly a 13 year high. While total job openings in July were slightly lower than in June, there were more hires in July than in any other month since December 2007. In fact, over the past 12 months, the amount of job openings in the United States has risen 22% – a clear tell sign that the economy is improving as employers are confident enough in it to begin taking on additional staff.
Yet another sign that the economy is improving, is that nearly 2.5 million people quit their jobs last month. How can that possibly be a sign, you ask? Well, in healthy economies, you are expected to see more people quit because they are more likely to find new, higher-paying jobs elsewhere. In a healthy American economy, that number would be closer to 2.8 million. So we’re not quite there but we’re getting close.
To show how this relates to Information Technology, you only need to look at the US News & World Report’s list of the 100 Best Jobs. Out of their top 10 jobs, nearly all are health care related with the exception of a few. Those being technology related, with the job of Software Developer coming in at number 1 (the other two being Computer Systems Analyst and Web Developer).
So not only is the US economy improving with the presence of more jobs, but many of those jobs will in fact be in IT.