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What’s going on with IT hiring?

CompTIA, an industry group, said about 96,000 IT jobs were lost last month across all industries, not just the technology sector. That figure includes the impact of the approximately 37,000 telecommunications jobs sidelined by the Verizon strike, which was settled this month. But it was a rough month, by some estimates. Analysts have been generally cautious this year about IT hiring trends. Analysts use terms ranging from "modest" to "pre-recession" to describe IT hiring.