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Tech employment steady, latest Census figures show

Sharon Machlis | Sept. 29, 2010
An estimated 3.4M people held computer- and math-related jobs last year

FRAMINGHAM 29 SEPTEMBER 2010 - While total U.S. employment dropped by almost 6 million people from 2008 to 2009, jobs in the computer/mathematics sector remained almost constant, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

An estimated 3.472 million people were employed in computer- and math-related jobs last year, down only slightly from 3.475 million the year before. The margin of error for both numbers is roughly 31,000.

While the official Census takes place only once a decade, the smaller American Community Survey (ACS) is conducted each year.

Among states where the change in tech employment was at least twice the margin of error, New Hampshire had the largest decline in number of people in the tech workforce, down 2.8%. It was followed by the District of Columbia and Tennessee at -2.7%.

Colorado showed the largest increase, 2.2%, followed by North Carolina and Kentucky at 1.8% each. Charts for those states with significant change versus margin of error, as well as data for all states, are below.

Last year for the first time, the ACS asked for specifics from those with bachelor's degrees. An estimated 36.4% of people with a bachelor's degree or higher had at least one science and engineering degree, the Census Bureau said.


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