The demand for IT professionals continues to rise while unemployment rates drop across the country.

According to the April issue of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Population Survey, the unemployment rate for IT professionals dropped to 3.0%, 4.5 points lower than the national average of 7.5%.

Healthcare IT Demand Will Continue To Grow

In a recent article by Healthcare IT News, it was reported that postings for healthcare IT jobs have increased 10 times faster than healthcare jobs overall since 2007. Given the healthcare industry's transition to electronic records and mandated projects such as ICD-9/10, the demand for professionals with IT expertise will continue to rise.

With our aging population, demand for interoperable systems, and U.S. government financial incentives, we will continue to see a rise in demand for healthcare IT professionals. We do not expect to see a decrease in demand in the foreseeable future.
 

U.S. IT Unemployment Rates by State

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State Overall IT Unemployment 1 Overall Rate
 ALABAMA 2.8 6.9
 ALASKA 2.4 6.0
 ARIZONA 3.2 7.9
 ARKANSAS 2.8 7.1
 CALIFORNIA 3.6 9.0
 COLORADO 2.8 6.9
 CONNECTICUT 3.2 8.0
 DELAWARE 2.9 7.2
 WASHINGTON D.C. 3.4 8.5
 FLORIDA 2.9 7.2
 GEORGIA 3.3 8.2
 HAWAII 2.0 4.9
 IDAHO 2.4 6.1
 ILLINOIS 3.7 9.3
 INDIANA 3.4 8.5
 IOWA 1.9 4.7
 KANSAS 2.2 5.5
 KENTUCKY 3.2 7.9
 LOUISIANA 2.6 6.5
 MAINE 2.8 6.9
 MARYLAND 2.6 6.5
 MASSACHUSETTS 2.6 6.4
 MICHIGAN 3.4 8.4
 MINNESOTA 2.1 5.3
 MISSISSIPPI 3.6 9.1
 MISSOURI 2.6 6.6
 MONTANA 2.2 5.5
 NEBRASKA 1.5 3.7
 NEVADA 3.8 9.6
 NEW HAMPSHIRE 2.2 5.5
 NEW JERSEY 3.5 8.7
 NEW MEXICO 2.7 6.7
 NEW YORK 3.1 7.8
 NORTH CAROLINA 3.6 8.9
 NORTH DAKOTA 1.3 3.3
 OHIO 2.8 7.0
 OKLAHOMA 2.0 4.9
 OREGON 3.2 8.0
 PENNSYLVANIA 3.0 7.6
 RHODE ISLAND 3.5 8.8
 SOUTH CAROLINA 3.2 8.0
 SOUTH DAKOTA 1.6 4.1
 TENNESSEE 3.2 8.0
 TEXAS 2.6 6.4
 UTAH 1.9 4.7
 VERMONT 1.6 4.0
 VIRGINIA 2.1 5.2
 WASHINGTON 2.8 7.0
 WEST VIRGINIA 2.6 6.6
 WISCONSIN 2.8 7.1
 WYOMING 1.9 4.8

U.S. Unemployment Data Range: April 2013

Unemployment Statistics Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Unemployment Rates for States Monthly Rankings Seasonally Adjusted Apr. 2013 & Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey.

1 Unemployment rates for healthcare professionals are not reported separately but are thought to be a very small sub-set of this total.