May 3, 2010 By Hilton Collins
High-tech jobs abound in the U.S., but they aren't as plentiful as they used to be, according to employment data from the past few years. This finding holds true in research released April 28 by TechAmerica Foundation, a technology research and advocacy foundation.
Its report, Cyberstates 2010: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. High-Technology Industry, divulged national and state-by-state trends in technology jobs and wages, finding that 2009 saw 5.9 million high-tech jobs, down 4 percent from 2008's 6.1 million. Researchers mined data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) from 2008 and 2009, the two most recent years that have been studied, and analyzed them for the government and private-sector audience.
The report offers high-tech wage and employment for all states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico and compares how the high-tech sector is succeeding compared to the rest of private industry. But those interested in government wage data, high-tech or otherwise, are out of luck -- the report only contains information about the private sector.
Nevertheless, Josh James, director of research and industry analysis for TechAmerica, feels that the information could prove interesting for government leaders who want to know how technology plays a role in their states.
"That's very valuable for state policymakers and members of Congress from different states to look at what's happening in the state -- how important the tech industry is to their state," James said.
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