As 2010 comes to a close, industry advocates TechAmerica took a closer look at regional jobs numbers from last year based on data released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Yes, you read that correct: 2009. This is most available data on regional technology job numbers from Uncle Sam.
New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area were the two leading metro areas for technology jobs last year, but D.C., Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles all had large numbers of technology jobs.
Here's a breakdown of city data from largest to smallest:
Bay Area/Silicon Valley: 394,300 New York: 319,00 Washington D.C.: 293,000 Boston: 219,800 Dallas-Fort Worth: 174,800 Los Angeles: 170,00 Chicago: 161,800 Seattle: 145,300 Houston: 127,800 Philadelphia: 134,200 Atlanta: 123,600 San Diego: 111,000 Minneapolis-St. Paul: 98,600 Orange County, CA: 95,000 Detroit: 95,000 Denver: 88,900 Phoenix: 83,700 Portland: 65,700 Austin: 65,400 Baltimore: 76,800 Raleigh-Durham: 72,200 Miami-Ft. Lauderdale: 67,800 Kansas City: 64,600 Tampa-St. Petersburg: 53,900 St. Louis: 52,000 Pittsburgh: 48,200 Orlando: 44,300 Columbus: 43,600 Sacramento: 39,700 Huntsville: 36,300 Salt Lake City: 35,600 Palm Bay-Melbourne: 24,00 Oklahoma City: 18,300
As far as 2010, Moody Analytics has found the U.S. added 47,400 jobs. Similarly, technology research analysts Foote Partners has found over 45,000 technology jobs were added between June and November this year with the management and technical consulting or services sector made up 57 percent of that number at 25,800.
Foote Partners, as stated in a December 6 statement, is sticking to its prediction from December 2009 that technology job growth in 2010 and well in to 2011 will not have any "meaningful recovery."