Where The IT Workers Are -- And Aren't
Recruiting IT talent can be a challenge for startup and established solution providers alike. The task is easier, of course, if the company is based in a state where IT workers make up a bigger share of the total workforce.
Here 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 1.8 percent, according to "The 2014 New State Economy Index" report upon which these rankings are based. These numbers were part of the "innovation and growth" criteria in this year's 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 IT workers are listed from No. 46 to No. 50 -- the state with the lowest percentage of IT workers.