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From Worst To First: Here’s How Each State Ranks For Finding Tech Talent In 2021

Rick Whiting

Looking for highly skilled technology workers? CRN’s annual Best States project ranks all 50 states for finding and hiring technology employees.

No. 28: Pennsylvania (No. 26 in 2020)

Workforce Experience and Education Rank: 35

State Employment and Economy Rank: 17

Tech Industry Employment: 441,162

Tech Worker Average Salary: $87,970

In 2020 Pennsylvania lost 2,389 tech jobs – No. 47 among all states. But the Keystone State is forecast to add 7,045 jobs (up 1.6 percent) to its tech worker ranks in 2021, ranking it a respectable No. 11.

U.S. News ranks Pennsylvania No. 50, at the bottom of all states, for higher education, based on such criteria as educational attainment, graduation rates, college debt and tuition costs. But 39.5 percent of the state’s workforce between 25 and 44 years old has a bachelor’s degree, No. 15 among the states.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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