Story updated with comments from tech recruitment experts.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Tech giants continued to add workers in January after sharply ramping up hiring in 2011, with companies such as Amazon (AMZN) and Facebook helping to accelerate a U.S. recovery from the recession.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't provide a comprehensive view of tech hiring. Friday's jobs report, however, offers indicators of the sector's health. Companies providing computer systems design and other services, for example, added 1,700 jobs, bringing total employment to 1.6 million.
Management and technical consulting services, meanwhile, added 3,000 jobs to 1.1 million.Unemployment in the tech sector fell to 3.8% in January after hovering around 4% for the last several months. This compares an overall U.S. unemployment rate of 8.3%. "When you're talking about 4% or 5% this really represents full employment," said Scot Melland, CEO of Dice.com, an IT careers site. Technology hiring continues to gain momentum as top firms look to keep up their growth rates.
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