TechAmerica Foundation : Michigan Gains Most Tech Jobs Nationwide in 2010

Michigan Gains Most Tech Jobs Nationwide in 2010

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.

Michigan ranked 15th among cyberstates, employing 155,100 tech industry workers with a total payroll of $11.5 billion in 2010.  Michigan’s high-tech industry saw a net gain of 2,700 jobs, or two percent in 2010 – the most high-tech jobs gained by any state from 2009 to 2010.

Several sectors contributed to the gains, including R&D and testing labs (+3,100), Internet and software publishers (+900), and computer systems design and related services (+600).  With the help of these gains, Michigan is ranked 4th nationwide in R&D and testing labs (39,200 jobs) and 6th in engineering services (33,000 jobs).

“The fact that Michigan added more tech jobs in 2010 than any other state may surprise people – including people within the state,” said Ed Longanecker, Executive Director and Regional Vice President, TechAmerica Midwest.  “But job gains in key sectors like software and research and development have helped the state recover from hard economic times.  We hope to maintain this momentum by promoting math and science education in our schools and a business friendly environment in our economy.”

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 Michigan?

  • 155,100 high-tech workers in 2010 (15th ranked cyberstate)
  • 2,700  jobs added between 2009 and 2010
  • High-tech firms employed 49 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2010, ranked 22nd nationwide
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $74,200 (23rd ranked), or 77 percent more than Michigan’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $11.5 billion in 2010, ranked 15th nationwide
  • 9,700 high-tech establishments in 2010, ranked 15th nationwide

Michigan’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 4th in R&D and testing labs employment with 37,100 jobs
  • 4th in engineering services employment with 33,000 jobs
  • 15th in software publishers employment with 5,000 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.