Net new jobs totaled 182,000 in 2016, up nearly 3 percent and approximately 10 percent of all jobs added in economy
Downers Grove, Ill. – U.S. tech sector employment grew by nearly 3 percent in 2016, approaching seven million workers, according to Cyberstates 2017™, the definitive annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry released today by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association.
Technology occupations across all other industries – the second component of the nation’s technology workforce – increased by 2 percent, to an estimated 7.3 million workers, in 2016.
The tech sector accounts for an estimated 8 percent – more than $1.3 trillion – of total activity in the U.S economy.
“These numbers affirm the strength and vitality of the U.S. tech industry, and attest to its essential standing in the economy,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. “Technology enables innovation and generates growth for companies, regardless of their size, locale or markets served.”
The top 10 states for tech sector employment are California, Texas, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Michigan.
Among other key findings:
“Tech sector employment outpaces other notable segments of the economy, including construction, finance and insurance, transportation and warehousing, and arts, entertainment and recreation,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president, research and market intelligence, CompTIA.
Herbert noted that about 60 percent of 2016 job gains occurred in IT services and custom software services. This category was also responsible for adding the most new tech business establishments in 2016 – more than 5,000 companies. Over the past five years this sub-sector has added an estimated 48,826 new business establishments, a growth rate of 24 percent.
“Digital transformation continues to be a driving force,” Herbert said. “Organizations of all sizes are embracing cloud-based technology solutions, expanding their mobile presence, fortifying cyber defenses and driving decision-making through advanced data analysis.”
Cyberstates 2017 is based on CompTIA’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, EMSI, and other sources. Estimates for 2016 are subject to change as government data is revised and updated. The complete report with full national, state and metropolitan level data is available at http://www.cyberstates.org/.
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