TechAmerica Foundation : Washington Has More Software Publishers than Any State in the Nation

Washington Has More Software Publishers than Any State in the Nation

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.

Washington’s high-tech industry remained steady on the jobs front, neither gaining nor losing jobs in 2010, and totaling 183,400.  This stability is compared with a two percent loss in the state’s private sector workforce in 2010. The state’s largest sector remains software publishers, which shed 800 net jobs for a total of 50,800 jobs.

Washington continued to rank 1st in the country in this sector ahead of California.  Computer systems design and related services saw the largest job increase in 2010, adding 1,800 net jobs to Washington’s economy.  Another sector that experienced significant growth in 2010 was R&D and testing labs (+500 jobs).

“Washington continues to be the primary hub for software production in the United States,” said Josh James, Vice President, Research and Industry Analysis, TechAmerica Foundation.  “Though jobs among software publishers were slightly down in 2010, computer system design jobs were up and wages in the tech industry as a whole continue to be more than double the state’s average private sector wage.  State policymakers can maintain this trend by investing in education to insure a reliable pipeline of tech workers being taught science and math in K-12 and pursuing these degrees in our state universities”

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 Washington?

  • 183,400 high-tech workers in 2010 (10th ranked cyberstate)
  • No net jobs added or lost between 2009 and 2010
  • High-tech firms employed 81 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2010, ranked 6th nationwide
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $105,500 (3rd ranked), or 125 percent more than Washington’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $19.3 billion in 2010, ranked 6th nationwide
  • 9,000 high-tech establishments in 2010, ranked 16th nationwide

Washington’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 1st in software publishers employment with 50,800 jobs
  • 7th in electromedical equipment manufacturing with 3,500 jobs
  • 13th in R&D and testing labs employment with 21,800 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.