Columbia is 2nd Highest Metro for High-Tech Job Growth


A Bay Area Council Economic Institute Report, released in December 2012, recognizes Columbia and the state of South Carolina for its high-tech employment growth over the last five years.

The report analyzes patterns of high-technology employment and wages in the United States. It finds not only that high-tech jobs are a critical source of employment and income in the U.S. economy, but that growth in the high-tech sector has increasingly been occurring in regions that are economically and geographically diverse. The report also finds that the high-tech sector–defined as the group of industries with very high shares of workers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math–is an important source of secondary job creation and local economic development.

The state of South Carolina ranks second in the top 10 states for high-tech employment growth from 2010-2011, and Columbia finishes second, behind Greensboro-High Point, NC, in the top 25 metros for high-tech employment growth over the same period. Columbia saw 28.2% growth in the high-tech sector.

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