This new report from the AeA, ranks high-tech metros. Some key findings:
- The leading metro areas by high-tech employment in 2006 were the New York Metro Area (316,500), Washington, DC (295,800), San Jose/Silicon Valley (225,300), Boston (191,700), and Dallas-Fort Worth (176,000).
- Seattle led the nation in net tech job creation in 2006, adding 7,800 jobs. The next largest net gains in tech employment between 2005 and 2006 occurred in the New York Metro Area and Washington, DC, adding 6,400 and 6,100.
- On a percentage basis, Riverside-San Bernardino saw the fastest job growth in 2006 at 12 percent.
- San Jose/Silicon Valley leads the nation in concentration of high-tech workers in 2006, with 286 high-tech workers per 1,000 private sector workers.
Hmmm ... that puts the Bos-Wash mega-region at roughly four times the number of high-tech jobs of Silicon Valley, overall. Before anyone gets into it, I'm talking quantity here, not quality.