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3% Unemployment Among Infosec Pros?
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 04:08:17 -0600 (CST)
By Eric Chabrow
Bank Info Security
January 5, 2013
After seven straight quarters of recording no joblessness among IT
security professionals, an unpublished U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
report suggests a small number of information security experts are out
of work and looking for jobs in the field.
BLS each quarter creates tables that breakdown employment data for 535
occupation categories but doesn't publish them. They're available on
request. The tables show a 3 percent unemployment rate for the fourth
quarter of 2012 and a 0.9 percent jobless rate for the entire year among
information security analysts, a catchall occupation category for
professionals with a variety of IT security skills.
Don't take these percentages as gospel; BLS doesn't.
The data in the tables come from the government's Current Population
Survey of American households that produces the monthly unemployment
rate, but the sample size is too small to be deemed statistically
reliable because very few households have someone living in them who
works in IT security. BLS Economist Karen Kosanovich explains that
occupations such as information security analysts with a base of fewer
than 50,000 individuals for annual averages and 75,000 for quarterly
averages don't meet the bureau's publication standards.
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