Tech employment steady, latest Census figures show

An estimated 3.4M people held computer- and math-related jobs last year

While total U.S. employment dropped by almost 6 million people from 2008 to 2009, jobs in the computer/mathematics sector remained almost constant, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

An estimated 3.472 million people were employed in computer- and math-related jobs last year, down only slightly from 3.475 million the year before. The margin of error for both numbers is roughly 31,000.

While the official Census takes place only once a decade, the smaller American Community Survey (ACS) is conducted each year.

Among states where the change in tech employment was at least twice the margin of error, New Hampshire had the largest decline in number of people in the tech workforce, down 2.8%. It was followed by the District of Columbia and Tennessee at -2.7%.

Colorado showed the largest increase, 2.2%, followed by North Carolina and Kentucky at 1.8% each. Charts for those states with significant change versus margin of error, as well as data for all states, are below.

Last year for the first time, the ACS asked for specifics from those with bachelor's degrees. An estimated 36.4% of people with a bachelor's degree or higher had at least one science and engineering degree, the Census Bureau said.

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Changes in tech employment 2008-2009

State/Region 2009 employed in computer and math jobs 2009 tech workforce margin of error Pct 2009 workforce in tech jobs Change in tech jobs '08-'09 % change in tech jobs 2008-'09 2008 employed in computer and math jobs
New Hampshire 21,458 2,407 3.1% -621 -2.8% 22,079
District of Columbia 11,910 1,742 4.1% -334 -2.7% 12,244
Tennessee 46,606 3,868 1.7% -1,302 -2.7% 47,908
Utah 35,354 2,828 2.8% -628 -1.7% 35,982
Delaware 9,893 1,539 2.4% -130 -1.3% 10,023
Arkansas 17,381 2,502 1.4% -200 -1.1% 17,581
California 460,431 11,164 2.8% -4,177 -0.9% 464,608
Texas 255,736 8,585 2.3% 1,537 0.6% 254,199
Illinois 157,781 6,133 2.6% 1,844 1.2% 155,937
Kentucky 29,504 2,519 1.6% 513 1.8% 28,991
North Carolina 97,975 5,046 2.4% 1,750 1.8% 96,225
Colorado 93,268 4,878 3.8% 2,050 2.2% 91,218
Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey


Tech Employment 2008-2009

State/Region 2009 employed in computer and math jobs 2009 tech workforce margin of error Pct 2009 workforce in tech jobs Change in tech jobs '08-'09 % change in tech jobs 2008-'09 2008 employed in computer and math jobs * Change less than margin of error
Alabama 36,670 3,317 1.8% 1,742 5.0% 34,928
Alaska 4,212 1,071 1.3% -765 -15.4% 4,977
Arizona 69,135 4,366 2.5% 2,757 4.2% 66,378
Arkansas 17,381 2,502 1.4% -200 -1.1% 17,581
California 460,431 11,164 2.8% -4,177 -0.9% 464,608
Colorado 93,268 4,878 3.8% 2,050 2.2% 91,218
Connecticut 47,182 2,939 2.7% -1,732 -3.5% 48,914
Delaware 9,893 1,539 2.4% -130 -1.3% 10,023
District of Columbia 11,910 1,742 4.1% -334 -2.7% 12,244
Florida 159,774 6,853 2.0% 3,727 2.4% 156,047
Georgia 109,988 5,756 2.6% -4,576 -4.0% 114,564
Hawaii 8,664 1,622 1.4% -2,032 -19.0% 10,696 *
Idaho 12,518 2,218 1.8% -1,498 -10.7% 14,016
Illinois 157,781 6,133 2.6% 1,844 1.2% 155,937
Indiana 46,553 3,064 1.6% -2,948 -6.0% 49,501
Iowa 31,523 3,151 2.0% 1,992 6.7% 29,531
Kansas 27,737 2,253 2.0% -1,572 -5.4% 29,309
Kentucky 29,504 2,519 1.6% 513 1.8% 28,991
Louisiana 22,272 2,386 1.1% 2,045 10.1% 20,227
Maine 9,994 1,331 1.5% -772 -7.2% 10,766
Maryland 137,016 5,721 4.8% 8,590 6.7% 128,426 *
Massachusetts 117,698 5,768 3.6% 3,319 2.9% 114,379
Michigan 82,305 3,706 1.9% -6,009 -6.8% 88,314 *
Minnesota 78,783 4,103 2.9% -4,094 -4.9% 82,877
Mississippi 10,828 1,837 0.9% -2,730 -20.1% 13,558 *
Missouri 66,598 4,001 2.4% 2,926 4.6% 63,672
Montana 7,694 1,443 1.7% 1,569 25.6% 6,125 *
Nebraska 18,738 1,799 2.0% -2,635 -12.3% 21,373 *
Nevada 15,318 1,799 1.3% -2,242 -12.8% 17,560 *
New Hampshire 21,458 2,407 3.1% -621 -2.8% 22,079
New Jersey 149,870 6,168 3.6% -3,096 -2.0% 152,966
New Mexico 17,278 2,081 2.0% 1,120 6.9% 16,158
New York 197,953 7,432 2.2% -7,648 -3.7% 205,601 *
North Carolina 97,975 5,046 2.4% 1,750 1.8% 96,225
North Dakota 5,128 1,052 1.5% -1,559 -23.3% 6,687 *
Ohio 111,031 5,339 2.1% -16,364 -12.8% 127,395 *
Oklahoma 24,779 2,455 1.5% -2,926 -10.6% 27,705 *
Oregon 46,570 3,779 2.7% 4,833 11.6% 41,737 *
Pennsylvania 134,062 5,643 2.3% 2,946 2.2% 131,116
Puerto Rico 10,724 1,606 0.9% -1,301 -10.8% 12,025
Rhode Island 11,811 1,865 2.3% 1,838 18.4% 9,973
South Carolina 36,605 3,285 1.9% 6,476 21.5% 30,129 *
South Dakota 5,724 1,304 1.4% -989 -14.7% 6,713
Tennessee 46,606 3,868 1.7% -1,302 -2.7% 47,908
Texas 255,736 8,585 2.3% 1,537 0.6% 254,199
Utah 35,354 2,828 2.8% -628 -1.7% 35,982
Vermont 7,818 1,317 2.4% 965 14.1% 6,853
Virginia 174,858 6,673 4.6% 8,593 5.2% 166,265 *
Washington 115,369 5,507 3.7% 7,291 6.7% 108,078 *
West Virginia 10,997 1,451 1.4% 2,591 30.8% 8,406 *
Wisconsin 60,765 3,248 2.1% -2,296 -3.6% 63,061
Wyoming 3,106 996 1.1% 567 22.3% 2,539
TOTAL US 3,472,221 31,769 2.5% -2,294 -0.1% 3,474,515
Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey

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