There’s a state that has added enough new technology jobs this year to join powerhouses, California, Texas, Virginia and New York, in the top five states by size of tech workforce, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which covers computer systems design and related services. The state growing like a weed – New Jersey.
Through the first half of the year, New Jersey added five percent more tech positions or 3,600 jobs topping the list of fastest growing states. It’s not a one-year fluke; the state posted a similar growth rate last year. New Jersey is intent on courting small to mid-sized tech businesses through incentive grants to firms that create just 10 new positions in New Jersey’s growing tech sector.
Other notable states to start 2013:
- More tech jobs have been created in Massachusetts in the first half of the year, than last year at the same time. Those 2,600 new positions or four percent increase from December ranks the Bay State second on the list. The Mass Technology Leadership Council is working to educate lawmakers in the state about technology and encourage policies focused on tech employment.
- Earlier this year, we named St. Louis the fastest growing city when it comes to technology jobs posted on Dice. The government data confirms recruitment activity on Dice is turning into new jobs. Missouri’s tech employment grew at nearly four percent this year to take third place, while beating out Texas, New York and Washington. St. Louis’ IT Entrepreneur Network just selected its first Entrepreneur in Residence to help coach tech startups to success.
- Tech job creation in Texas is growing at twice the rate (3.2%) as the state’s private sector employment (1.6%) to start 2013. Opportunities abound from cloud software companies in Austin to healthcare powerhouses in Houston to the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas to defense contractors in San Antonio.
- Colorado and Illinois are also making noise, each growing close to two percent year to date. On any given day, you’ll find 2,000 tech job postings on Dice in Colorado and more than double that in Illinois.
*A single job posting may reflect more than one skill, location or type of position; therefore total figures for those attributes may be greater than total jobs posted.