A study published this month by the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., confirms what most local residents already know: the Huntsville/Madison County area is a mecca for high-tech information jobs.
Economist Michael Mandel compiled the top 25 list, which ranked high-population counties by new information and technology job growth from 2007-2012.
Madison County ranked No. 4 and was the only Alabama county on the list also topped by San Francisco County, Calif. (No. 1), San Mateo County, Calif. (No. 2), Santa Clara County, Calif. (No. 3) and Utah County, Utah (No. 5).
“New analysis by the Progressive Policy Institute shows that places with strong tech/information growth have survived the recession much better than their counterparts,” Mandel said. “In particular, counties with a higher number of new tech/information sector jobs from 2007 to 2012 had enjoyed substantially faster growth in both overall private employment and non-tech jobs over the same period.”
The counties included in the top 25 experienced a 2.4 percent average private sector job growth during the five year period studied. The analysis also shows Madison County saw a 25.7 percent jump in tech/information jobs and -5.6 percent growth in non-tech/information jobs from 2007-2012.
Mandel defined the technology and information job sector as industries including broadcasting (Internet, cable and on air), custom computer programming (app and web developers), data processing and hosting (including cloud computing), film, video and sound recording, news services, print and digital publishing, software, web search portals and social media, wired and wireless telecom and other computer-related services.
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