Summary: The tech industry is strong with every company in the country needing the help of the tech workers to help their company at some point be successful.
What states do you think of when you hear technology? California? Washington? New York? While these states may have a strong tech industry, Minnesota, Utah, and Nebraska are the fastest growing states for tech jobs. New York made the list at number 7 and California at number 10 but the state that is the home to Microsoft, Amazon, and Oracle didn’t even make the top 15.
So what is it about Minnesota that has it growing so fast? The headquarters for UnitedHealth Group, 3M, Target, General Mills, U.S. Bankcorp, and medical companies like Medtronic, Boston Scientific, and St. Jude Medical. With all of these companies comes the demand for tech workers to keep the companies running. There are also a great deal of software companies like JAMF Software, SPS Commerce, and Code 42. With all of these companies growing and expanding, Minnesota showed a 8.36 percent increase in hiring technology workers.
Utah has Salt Lake City, Provo and Ogden to boost their numbers to a 5.75 percent increase. There are a high number of Science, Technology, Energy and Math (STEM) workers in those cities. The high population of Mormons in the state also boosts the numbers. Mormons are highly entrepreneurial and talented salesmen so with Brigham Young University in Provo producing a top talented workforce, it really isn’t a surprise that Utah is number two.
Omaha, Nebraska has several large companies that require the aid of tech workers, such as Conagra and Union Pacific. There are also home-grown companies that have acquired the position as government contractors to keep their numbers growing.
So California and New York didn’t top the list of highest percentage growth but still ranked as number one and two for the most number of jobs added in the first half of 2015. Their tech sector size is much larger and would a substantial amount of more jobs added to take the position as fastest growing states.
No matter the state, unemployment rates for the tech industry are strong at just over 2 percent, much lower than the national unemployment rate at 5.3 percent. This can be thanked to the fact that pretty much every company, no matter the size, relies on technology to function and be competitive.
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