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Technology job opportunities fall in Dallas area, even as metro holds No. 3 spot nationwide

While the Dallas area saw a decline, every other metro in the top 10 endured a drop as well.
Credit: Jake Dean/Dallas Business Journal

DALLAS — Technology job hunters in North Texas are facing more challenges finding opportunities, reflecting some headwinds seen in other industries.

The number of local technology jobs dropped by roughly 2,100 to about 14,900 in September, according to an analysis by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) of job posting data from Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights. That follows a smaller decline in the previous month.

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Still, the region held to its No. 3 position among top metros in the U.S., according to the data. DFW held onto the same ranking it had in October. New York was No. 1 again while Washington, D.C., was No. 2.

While the Dallas area saw a decline, every other metro in the top 10 endured a drop as well. Seven of them had declines of more than 1,000 jobs, though North Texas was the only one to drop more than 2,000.

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According to the CompTIA report, 77% of the nation’s largest metro areas posted at least a 20% increase in tech job postings in the third quarter compared to a year ago. Only three of the 70 metros in the analysis had fewer postings compared to a year ago.

Overall U.S. hiring trends are more positive. Technology companies added new workers again last month — and an estimated 140,000 tech occupations were added throughout the economy, according to a CompTIA report analyzing U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

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In Texas, overall losses were about 3,600 with technology job postings. It was the second-largest state overall. California was No. 1 and had about 4,600 fewer options last month. Remote/work-home-home postings also declined in both Texas and California.