Recruiting IT talent is a challenge for both startups and established solution providers. That job is easier, of course, if the company is based in a state where IT workers make up a bigger share of the total workforce.
The following are the five best states -- and the five worst states -- for information technology jobs, defined as employment in IT occupations in non-IT industries as a percentage of private sector employment. The U.S. average is 2.0 percent. The source was a report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation: "The 2012 State New Economy Index."
The ranking is part of a CRN analysis of the best and worst states in which to start a solution provider business.
The states with the highest concentration of IT workers are listed from No. 5 to No. 1. The states with the lowest concentration of people with degrees are listed from No. 46 to No. 50 -- the state with the lowest percentage of IT workers.