Dice's August jobs report found Texas leads in technology job growth in 2014 based on new hiring data, followed by Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington. Texas saw the largest percentage gain in new technology-related jobs during the first six months of 2014, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The state added 8,100 positions from January through June, bringing its combined IT payrolls to 143,000 people, an increase of 6 percent.
Dice president Shravan Goli says the economy has steadily inched its way out of post-financial-crisis gloom. States with established tech hubs were able to promptly return to pre-recession levels in terms of hiring activity on Dice.
State-specific drivers for IT hiring include Florida's techCAMP initiative, which helped the state add almost as many IT jobs in the first half of 2014 as it did in all of 2013. Goli also cites IT expansion in industries beyond technology. "All kinds of different companies are leveraging technology, especially as you think about big data, mobile, social, cloud, security — all of these have given rise to new consumer and business touch-points and new opportunities [for companies] to grow their business," Goli says. In Texas, Goli pointed to the oil and gas industry generating new IT jobs in Houston.
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