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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. 19: Illinois (No. 16 in 2020)

Workforce Experience and Education Rank: 19

State Employment and Economy Rank: 23

Tech Industry Employment: 442,076

Tech Worker Average Salary: $93,320

Illinois lost 3,950 tech jobs (0.9 percent of the tech workforce) in 2020, the third most of any state. In 2021 the Prairie State is forecast to add 3,519 tech jobs for a 0.8 percent gain.

 
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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