COLUMBUS -- A national study on high-tech jobs released today shows Ohio is quickly establishing itself as a hub of high-tech job activity. The Buckeye State is home to three of the top 25 cities for tech job growth more than any other state. Overall, the average high-tech job growth in the state was 4.6 percent, almost double the national average of 2.6 percent.
Commissioned by San Francisco-based non-profit Engine Advocacy, the study found high-tech job creation is outpacing job growth in the private sector as a whole, and boosting local economic.
From 2010-2011, Dayton touted a 24.2 percent increase in high-tech employment growth, and led the state with the creation of 3,500 new tech jobs. Also, the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor area saw a 9.1 percent increase in the number of high-tech jobs created placing as one of the top 25 regions for high-tech employment growth in the United States. The Canton-Massillon area also made the list and experienced a 10.1 percent increase in tech growth.
The study went on to show that the average salary of an Ohio high-tech worker was $76,825 per year.
Enrico Moretti, professor of economics at the University of California Berkeley and author of The New Geography of Jobs, said of the report: ``This study addresses an important question: how important is high tech employment growth for the US labor market? As it turns out, the dynamism of the US high-tech companies matters not just to scientists, software engineers and stockholders, but to the community at large. While the average worker may never be employed by Google or a high-tech startup, our jobs are increasingly supported by the wealth created by innovators.''
``This research confirms the story that I see unfolding every day in cities across the country,'' said Michael McGeary, senior strategist for Engine Advocacy. ``The trajectory for job growth and the higher incomes of tech workers, combined with the job multiplier effect, make the high-tech sector a key driver of economic growth in cities across America.''