DBAs are among the top categories in an increase in IT employment. Despite the general lack of new jobs in the economy, U.S. IT employment is up about 5% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics quarterly survey, and the number of IT pros working is the third-highest quarterly IT employment figure for the past 10 years. However, IT unemployment is still high at 5.4%. Another survey discovered that almost half of U.S. IT leaders were actually looking to hire while only 4% were likely to lay off.