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The 19 Best Cities For Tech Jobs During The Coronavirus Pandemic: Report
Tech job postings increased in 19 cities in the U.S. between February and March despite the toll the COVID-19 pandemic was taking on the economy. Here’s a look at which ones showed the biggest gains.
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The U.S. economy has gone into freefall in less than two months since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold and many parts of the country have all but shut down. That includes some of the country’s major technology hubs including Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Boston.
Some sectors of the economy, including travel, hospitality and food service, have seen massive rounds of layoffs. But while the information technology industry isn’t immune from the economic slowdown, layoffs haven’t been anywhere near as widespread as in other industries. Prior to the pandemic and the economic collapse, finding tech talent was a major challenge for many companies. It may be that businesses are reluctant to lose that hard-won talent through employee cutbacks.
In many U.S. cities, in fact, tech job postings actually increased between February and March, according to a report from Dice, an online technology jobs site. That, in turn, is based on research from Burning Glass Technologies, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings.
To be sure, not every city saw growth in tech job postings between February and March. Boston, for example, saw a 6 percent decline while postings in Atlanta fell 4 percent and postings in New York City dropped 1 percent. (Tampa and Houston saw no month-to-month change.) Many cities, both established tech hubs and emerging tech centers, saw increases in tech job postings, however.
Here are the 19 best cities for tech jobs – the metropolitan areas that recorded increases in technology job postings between February and March of this year, starting with the city with the smallest gain and leading up to the city with the biggest gain.
We’ve also added state and metropolitan region salary information, where available, from the Dice Tech Salaries report that came out earlier this year: That report found that average annual pay in the technology industry hit $94,000 in 2019, up only 1.3 percent from 2018. But technology-related salaries jumped considerably in emerging technology hubs.