Texas ranks No. 2 for tech jobs, even as openings decline during pandemic

In General by Ntelicor

Texas remains the state with the second-most job openings in tech, even as the sector saw tens of thousands of opportunities disappear in May, according to data from a leading technology trade association.

The Lone Star State trailed only California for the most job postings in May. It had 21,207 IT jobs, down 5,130 from April, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association’s analysis of data from Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights.

CompTIA is a nonprofit tech association that provides resources to professionals in the IT industry. It releases a nationwide analysis of tech sector employment each month.

Despite decreases in job postings, the analysis shows the Dallas metro area had the third-most tech job openings in May behind Washington and New York.

In total, the top 10 states with the most job openings in tech lost more than 26,000 of those openings in May, and the unemployment rate in the IT field rose to 3.7%, according to CompTIA’s report.

It was a difficult month for workers in the tech industry, which saw 40,000 jobs cut between the start of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March and the end of May, according to Bloomberg.

Lyft, Airbnb and Uber — which announced its intention to establish its largest corporate hub outside of Silicon Valley in Dallas — have laid off thousands of workers in recent months.

In Dallas, however, it’s not total doom and gloom.

Despite cuts to its workforce, Uber said recently that it sees its strategy for Dallas remaining unchanged. It’s paused hiring for its Deep Ellum offices and postponed some construction. The company was also granted an extension on local and state tax breaks offered to it under the condition it created jobs.

And as the industry landscape continues to shift, Facebook has singled out Dallas, as well as Denver and Atlanta, for its future remote-work hubs. It will start hiring July 1 in areas around Silicon Valley, followed by Dallas and the other two hub cities.

Amazon — listed by CompTIA as the tech employer with the most job openings in May — also has continued hiring in Texas, though the vast majority of those jobs were in warehouse and fulfillment.

Amazon’s nearly 2,000 tech job openings in May were followed by Humana, Wells Fargo, General Dynamics, Stanley Black & Decker, Northrop Grumman, IBM, Leidos, Travelers and Deloitte.