California, New York Face Competition on Tech-Hiring Front

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Ask anyone to name the country’s hotbed of tech-hiring activity, and chances are good they’ll say “California” or “New York,” homes of, respectively, Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley.

But according to a Dice analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York comes in sixth place, and California in eleventh, among the fastest-growing states for technology jobs. Texas comes in first, with a 5.99 percent increase in tech jobs since the beginning of the year, followed by Florida (5.64 percent), North Carolina (3.80 percent), Oregon (3.57 percent), and Washington (3.53 percent).

Although California lags when it comes to percentages, the state still managed to come in second (after Texas) with regard to most positions added in 2014. New York placed fourth on that list, after Florida and ahead of Massachusetts. California and New York already boast sizable tech communities, and the well-established companies in both states tend to hire in significant numbers—yet both states clearly have competition when it comes to attracting a tech workforce.

Although Texas has long attracted high-tech companies, the state has spent the past few years courting firms via aggressive tax breaks, manufacturing exemptions, and even a “data center incentive” that excuses companies from paying taxes on data-center components. Florida has likewise enjoyed a turnaround in tech-firm hiring and salaries over the past few years, perhaps due to its own incentives packages. States further down the BLS list, such as Utah (1 percent), market themselves to particular tech niches, including data centers and gaming.

What gives someplace the potential to become a major tech hub? According to a recent report from the Brookings Institution, it takes a lengthy list of factors, including physical assets such as office space and transportation, universities and startup accelerators to cultivate innovation, existing tech companies to monetize research, and amenities that encourage people to stay in a particular area. On a municipal level, New York City, Detroit, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Raleigh-Durham have all launched major efforts, based on some or all of those principles, to encourage tech firms to take root in their localities. Based on this BLS data, it’s clear that communities across the country are following the same playbook.

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9 Responses to “California, New York Face Competition on Tech-Hiring Front”

  1. Jambu Shambu

    What? You mean a state with NO income tax and a generally business friendly atmosphere is doing better than CA/NY, which are the highest taxed states in the country and regulate everything and anything that moves?

    So weird. Never saw that coming.

  2. Not sure where the author of this article acquired his information – I just left Florida after living there for 9 months. I looked for high tech work all over the state – I can assure there isn’t any. Prior to moving to Florida I lived in Silicon Valley, CA – I’ve always held a job and never had a problem finding new work. And guess what I am back in Silicon Valley, CA working. First hand experience, the Valley is booming right now. Florida is dead!

      • Sara Johnson

        Gonna have to agree w/ linda Where are the tech meccas in Florida? I am going on year 2 at the same job. Been trying to jump ship. Place and the area suck. But haven’t had any luck.
        I even do Linux administration. I been interviewing for remote gigs and one wants to move me to texas! Go figure!

  3. P. Temple

    Strange, though..

    You dont see or hear of reports of companies moving out of places like Texas because of the the flooding, tornadoes, heat… and how, sometimes, how miserable it is to live there because, well, you know, those pesky regulations, or lack thereof… When you don’t have regulations, like in Texas, you can, y’know, have huge explosions at your factory…but, since there’s no pesky
    regulations, like in Calif….you dont need any regs to tell you how to do your business!

    Till it somehow detonates…Now, why would that happen? The, um, standards of how that business
    does business? There aren’t any regs, so…..And too bad if you live, or, used to live, near that plant…Guess your property value just went kinda south.

    Yep, those regs…..

    They uphold those bothersome things called standards…because thing is, those regulations, most times, they came into being because someone or some company tried to go around the edge of existing laws…Isn’t that strange, because businesses and corporations, they NEVER, EVER,
    break the law. EVER.

    Funny how that works, sometimes.

    • J. Lucas

      P. Temple you have no idea what you are talking about. Texas is regulated from the federal level right down to the local level. We just don’t “kill” our people doing it. Also your comment on “huge explosions at your factory.” You should do some research before saying that the Texas fertilizer plan explosion was due to lack of regulation. It was because the owners ” consistently flouted the law and common sense safety measures that put both his employees and the surrounding community at risk.” The federal EPA last inspected the plant (before the explosion in 2013) in 2006. Bottom line we have regulations but if the regulators don’t do there jobs then bad things happen. As for flooding, tornadoes and the heat; well California has earthquakes, fires (to many) and heat. Oh and California has very very high gas prices unlike Texas.

      I will say California had the no smoking in public thing going for it back when I vacationed there and now Texas has that as well. And if you really miss the the weirdo’s in California you just have to visit Austin and you will fit right-in. -ha

  4. Stephen Crowe

    Hello, I am learning java right now. I also live in New York City. My question is, for someone who didn’t focus on tech or computers in college but now is, to try to move into the tech industry. When I begin listing my java skills on a formal resume, what should I state that I know that tech companies specifically are looking for when deciding to hire someone?
    Thank you
    Stephen Crowe