Report Shows Impact of High-Tech Jobs

TechAmerica (formerly AeA and the Information Technology Association of America) today released its 12th annual Cyberstates report, which shows that Virginia had the highest concentration of tech workers in the country in 2007, at 9.2 percent. Maryland ranks fifth, at 8 percent, and the District ranks sixth, at 7.3 percent. 2007 data are the most recent available for states.

And those jobs pay well, TechAmerica reports. The Washington area's high-tech payroll was $41.7 billion in 2007, with the average pay $89,700 in Virginia, $89,300 in the District, and $84,400 in Maryland.

"Technology is critical to the economy of the National Capital Region," said TechAmerica Phillip J. Bond in a statement. He added that he expects federal stimulus spending to boost growth in Washington's tech economy.

Nationwide, the tech industry added 77,000 net jobs in 2008, bringing it to 5.9 million workers. That was the smallest addition of the last four years, though, below 79,600 in 2007, 139,000 in 2006 and 87,400 in 2005. The group also released data for the fourth quarter of 2008, showing that high-tech employment fell 0.6 percent while total private-sector employment fell 1.3 percent.

Some other local rankings:

  • Virginia was fourth in engineering services employment.

  • Maryland was fifth in defense electronics.

  • There were 28,300 high-tech establishments in the Washington area, which would make it the second-biggest "cyberstate."

  • Virginia ranked second in computer systems design and related services employment, while Maryland was seventh and the District was 22nd.

By Terri Rupar  |  March 31, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  | Category:  Economy Watch , Technology
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