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Washington leads the nation in concentration of tech jobs

John Cook in GeekWire has done a terrific analysis of the Washington State data from a new national study of where tech jobs are located in the United States.  Some key observations:

  • Overall, Washington State was the top state for tech job concentration, at 11 percent.
  • Snohomish County (home to Boeing’s Everett plant and several biotechnology companies) leads the state with a 25 percent concentration, and a whopping tech job growth rate of 14 percent.  King County isn’t too shabby either, coming in at a 17 percent concentration and 4.2 percent growth rate.  Benton County shows a 7.9 percent concentration of tech jobs.  Tech is everywhere in our state!
  • Nationally, the story is the same.  While areas such as Seattle, San Francisco and Austin remain hot, rust belt cities such as Dayton, Ohio and Troy, Michigan also show high concentrations.
  • A minimum of 61% of counties nationally had at least some high-tech jobs in 2011.  In 2009, more than 72% of counties had at least one new business establishment in the high-tech sector.
  • High-tech startups have held relatively steady during the economic downturn, even while new business establishments across the entire private sector have declined.

Read John’s post here – it includes links to the national study.

August 31, 2012