Comms services was the only tech sector to see a net jobs loss in the first six months of 2012.
The report claimed the tech industry was among last to feel the effects of growing unemployment after the 2008 recession, and one of the first to see job gains, albeit at a slow rate. It called for more federal investment in tech education and R&D, particularly in areas such as energy research and making permanent the R&D tax credit.
“America can only realize the full promise of an innovation economy with smarter public policies focused on developing and attracting the best talent, investing in research and development, and growing and securing our information infrastructure,” TechAmerica Foundation President Jennifer Kerber said in releasing the jobs report.
“While the [jobs] growth has been modest, it is up and fairly consistent,” added Matthew Kazmierczak, the group's senior vice president. “With job growth in three of the four tech sectors, we remain optimistic about continued growth into the future."