Where have all the good jobs gone? According to the latest study, 9.2 million U.S. jobs are in the high tech sector. Earlier this morning, representatives from Google and Bloomberg LP discussed the growing market at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.
Conducted by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) and Engine Advocacy, the study revealed that high-tech jobs account for about 5.6 percent of all jobs in the U.S. It’s not exactly a monopoly, but it looks like the metropolitan areas hold a higher concentration of tech jobs overall, including a few unexpected technology hubs outside of Silicon Valley.
For example, high-tech employment rates in Oakland County, MI grew 12 percent in 2011, outpacing the overall job growth rate of 4.7 percent. There, technology jobs make up 11 percent of the job market.
Compare that to Alameda County, CA, which is in the Bay Area just outside of San Francisco. There, technology accounts for 12 percent of the job market. (Santa Clara County, which is home to Silicon Valley, holds the highest concentration of tech jobs at 29 percent.)
Engine Advocacy displayed all of the data on an interactive map. You can see which cities have the highest percentage of technology jobs compared to other jobs in that area. Metropolitan areas in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Ohio had especially high growth rates.
“The high-tech sector and Internet-based companies are an engine of American job growth. The industry has experienced significant growth year over year, and the vast majority of these jobs relate to the Internet,” said Susan Molinari, Google vice president of public policy in a statement. “Our top priority needs to be unleashing startups and high-tech jobs — and reducing barriers that stifle innovation.”
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