Report: High-tech work force growing
- By Daniel Keegan
- May 18, 2000
All 50 states added high-technology jobs recently as the national industry
work force grew to 5 million in 1999, according to a report by the American
Electronics Association and Nasdaq Stock Market.
The report, "Cyberstates 4.0: A State-By-State Overview of the High Technology
Industry," is based on U.S. Bureau of Census information and assessed the
industry across the nation by employment, wages and exports.
California, Texas, Virginia, Colorado and Georgia led the nation in high-tech
job creation, according to the report. California has the most high-tech
jobs with 835,000 and also created 193,000 new jobs in the field from 1993
to 1998. Texas, with 411,000 industry workers was second overall, and created
132,000 workers in those five years.
"What this indicates is that the high-technology industry is not just in
one are or region," said Marc Brailov, AEA's public communication director.
"It's coast-to-coast and has become a true national industry."
Following California and Texas with the highest numbers of workers in the
industry is New York (329,000), Illinois (218,000) and Massachusetts (217,000).
Colorado has the highest concentration of high-tech workers, with 84 per
The report also found:
* The average wage for the industry was $26,000 more than the average private
sector wage, $32,000. The states with the highest wages are Washington ($106,000),
New Jersey ($69,000), California ($67,000), Virginia ($66,000), and Connecticut
* U.S. high-tech exports totaled $181 billion in 1999, up from $165 billion
in 1998. Leading the nation in that category are California ($53 billion),
Texas ($25 billion), Massachusetts ($9 billion), Florida ($8 billion), and
New York ($7.6 billion).