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Best States 2021: 10 States With The Biggest Forecast Tech Job Gains (And 10 With The Smallest)

Here’s a look at the 10 states that are expected to post the biggest increases in their tech talent pools this year and the 10 states that are expected to record the smallest gains – and even declines – in their total tech job rosters.

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Where The Tech Workers Are

Having a large pool of educated, experienced technology workers can make the job of finding and hiring tech workers easier for solution providers looking to fill vacancies or meet their growth needs.

Here we list the 10 states that are forecast to add the most tech jobs to their total tech pool this year, ranked No. 10 up to No. 1 – the state projected to add the most tech jobs in 2021. We then list the states, from No. 41 to No. 50, with the smallest forecast tech job increases this year – which in the cases of No. 49 and No. 50 are projected to actually record declines in tech job totals.

(We provide the actual numbers of forecast tech job gains and losses, on which the rankings are based, as well as the forecast percentage increase or decrease for each state’s tech employment.)

We also include data about how each state fared in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. Some states managed to grow their total tech employment during the tumultuous year while many saw their tech worker rosters shrink. We also include the total tech employment numbers for each state as of the close of 2020.

The state tech employment data comes from the CompTIA Cyberstates 2021 report. CompTIA’s tech employment numbers for each state includes employees in the IT industry (including non-technical professionals such as sales, marketing and finance); technical professionals working across all segments of the economy (such as IT managers and support professionals working for a manufacturer or financial services company); and self-employed technical professionals.

This slide show is part of CRN’s 2021 Best States project that includes the Best States: The Challenge Of Finding Tech Talent In 2021 article, the state-by state ranking for finding tech talent, and a wide range of data about tech worker education, salaries and other statistics.

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