TechAmerica Foundation : Arizona Is the 4th Largest Cyberstate by Semiconductor Employment

Arizona Is the 4th Largest Cyberstate by Semiconductor Employment

Stephanie Craig, Director of Communications
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Josh James, Vice President, Research and Industry Analysis
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Washington, DC (October 5, 2011) – TechAmerica Foundation today released its 14th annual Cyberstates report detailing national and state trends in high-tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors.  Cyberstates 2011: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. High-Tech Industry covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Arizona’s high-tech industry employment edged downward by 1,300 jobs in 2010, totaling 105,600.  These jobs remain high paying, with the average tech worker in Arizona earning $82,000 in 2010 or 97 percent more than the state’s average private sector wage.

Arizona remained a critical location for the semiconductor industry, employing 18,900 workers in 2010, making it the 4th ranked state nationwide, despite having lost 500 semiconductor jobs between 2009 and 2010.

“Arizona’s tech industry is heavily reliant on semiconductor manufacturing, so with job losses in that sector in 2010, it is no surprise to see an overall decline in tech jobs in the state,” said Kevin Carroll, Regional Vice President, TechAmerica.  “Semiconductor manufacturing is still our mainstay and we need to support that industry with state and local education policy that encourages kids to pursue careers in science and engineering and tax policy that creates an environment that gives business the certainly to invest in Arizona.”

Nationally, the U.S. high-tech industry did lose 115,800 jobs in 2010, but still boasts 5.75 million workers.  Showing an improving trend, this two percent decline was less than half of the 249,500 jobs lost in 2009 following several years of sustained growth.  Software services added jobs in 2010 – 22,800, a gain of one percent.

TechAmerica Foundation also today released a midyear jobs report for 2011 based on a different monthly data set from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This report shows that between January and June 2011, the tech industry added a net 115,000 jobs, a two percent gain, not adjusted for seasonality.  During this time period, job growth occurred in all four technology industry sectors, with the fastest growth in engineering and tech services.  A 12 month review of June 2010 in comparison with June 2011 also shows growth in three of the four tech industry sectors, with job losses occurring in communication services.

Cyberstates 2011 may be purchased for $150.  The 2011 midyear report may be freely downloaded. Both reports can be accessed at:

What Does High Tech Mean for Arizona?

  • 105,600 high-tech workers in 2011 (18th ranked cyberstate)
  • 1,300 jobs lost between 2009 and 2010
  • High-tech firms employed 54 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2010, ranked 17th nationwide
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $82,000 (15th ranked), or 97 percent more than Arizona’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $8.7 billion in 2010, ranked 18th nationwide
  • 7,200 high-tech establishments in 2010, ranked 18th nationwide

Arizona’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 4th in semiconductor manufacturing employment with 18,900 jobs
  • 5th in space and defense systems manufacturing employment with 8,700 jobs
  • 6th in photonics manufacturing employment with 1,100 jobs

Source: Cyberstates 2011

Data are for 2010 unless otherwise noted.

Published by TechAmerica Foundation

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TechAmerica Foundation educates industry executives, policy makers and opinion leaders on the promise of technological innovation to advance prosperity, security and the general welfare. Launched in 1981, the Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, which is the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry. The Foundation disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, and other areas of national interest. It also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the Foundation’s findings.