January 22, 2014, 12:42 PM — The unemployment rate for tech pros fell to 3.5% in the fourth quarter of 2013, just a shade over half the national unemployment rate of 6.7% for December.
In its latest Technology Employment Snapshot, Dice reports the tech jobless rate fell fourth-tenths of a percentage point from 3.9% in Q3. Overall, tech unemployment averaged 3.5% for the year, a slight dip from 2012.
Overall, 2013 was a good year for the following professionals as they saw unemployment drop in their fields:
- Software developers
- Web developers
- Database admins
- Network admins
- Systems analysts and support specialists
"Recruiting activity for technology professionals continues to be good, but it's not rising evenly," Dice President Shravan Goli says. "This data just reinforces it's a better job market for developers and data professionals. Those tech professionals can write their own ticket and create the career they want."
Dice's recent hiring survey found that 42% of tech hiring managers reported a rise in voluntary departures during 2013. That's a 9% jump from midyear and numbers that can create confidence in a solid tech job market and job growth.