Allentown Shows Strong Increase in Tech Job Openings, Report Says | Lehigh Valley Regional News

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Allentown led the United States in month-over-month gains in technical job postings in August, according to a trade group report.

July’s gain of 864 views in the Allentown metro area ranked first, ahead of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, in the Computing Technology Industry Association’s monthly report.

CompTIA, as the organization is known, is a nonprofit advocate for the information technology industry.

The CompTIA report did not explain how job openings in the Allentown area could more than triple from 355 to 1,219 in a month, but demand for tech workers remains strong nationwide.

“Stability in technology hiring continues to be a top theme this year,” Tim Herbert, director of research at CompTia, said in a statement. “Despite all the economic noise and pockets of layoffs, overall hiring in the tech sector still remains positive.”

Employment remains strong in many areas and economists say more people could return to the job market. The unemployment rate in the United States in August was 3.7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

CompTIA said companies are looking for workers in software development and engineering, information technology (IT) support, IT project management, systems engineering and network engineering.

Industries that are hiring include professional, scientific and technical services; finance and insurance; manufacturing; information; and retail.

The metropolitan areas of New York, Washington, DC, Chicago and Los Angeles had the most job postings for technical positions in August, according to CompTIA.

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