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Golden State shines with new IT jobs

Study finds California's share of new IT jobs moves higher; IBM is most active poster of tech jobs.

Out-of-work tech pros these days would be wise to do some California dreamin'.

The Golden State's share of new information technology jobs posted on major Internet job boards rose to 26.1 percent in May, up from 23.6 percent in April, according to a report scheduled to be released Thursday by job search service NimbleCat.

California remained the clear leader when it comes to generating new tech positions. Nimblecat's study found that no other state accounted for more than 10 percent of new jobs.

Long Beach, Calif., was the metropolitan area with the largest share of new tech jobs in May, according to the report, followed by Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Jose, Calif., and Boston.

Computing giant IBM ranked as the top job-posting employer in May, according to NimbleCat. Big Blue accounted for 5.1 percent of the software and IT jobs posted to major job boards, followed by conglomerate General Electric at 4.9 percent and recruiting firm CyberCoders at 4.4 percent.

Despite IBM's recruiting efforts in May, it also announced last month plans to cut between 10,000 and 13,000 jobs--about 4 percent of its total work force. The majority of the job reductions will be in Europe, but there will be cuts in the United States as well, the company said.

The job scene for U.S. tech professionals has been a mixed bag for some time. A recent report indicated that the U.S. tech industry may have turned a corner last year when it comes to employment woes. In addition, technology professionals have reason to be cautiously optimistic about jobs at start-up companies.

But a gauge of information technology workers' confidence in the job market dropped in May. The average number of unemployed workers in nine high-tech categories fell by 64,000 last year but remained close to 150,000, according to the Labor Department. And in the first three months of this year, technology companies slashed nearly 60,000 U.S. jobs--twice the number trimmed in the same period last year.

In the past, California has claimed an even more dominant share of new IT positions posted on major job boards, according to NimbleCat. Last November, the state accounted for 28.4 percent of those jobs, according to the company.