This data doesn't say what happened to the workers who were displaced by U.S. companies or Indian firms in the offshore shift, or the displacement of U.S. workers by H-1B holders, as the government pointed out in recent court papers.
David Foote, who researches IT employment and the labor market trends, can point to data showing a net gain in one key area of IT services hiring, management, and technical consulting, and he sees reason for optimism about future hiring trends. From April to June, some 1,200 management and technical consulting jobs were added, based on government data. That is the job category most likely represented by IT services firms. Foote believes that clients of IT services firms still want workers with industry knowledge, which continues to drive hiring, as well as different kinds of workers with business knowledge.
Ron Hira, an assistant professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology and author of Outsourcing America, believes a jettisoning of the American workforce was not an inevitable outcome. The services firms "could have chosen to compete with better technology, investing in their American workers, and better management. These are all strategic choices that could have been made. They wouldn't have been easy, but, instead, the executives chose the route of cheaper labor," he said.