For its August report, Dice took a dive into Bureau of Labor Statistics data to determine the fastest-growing states in IT hiring. It listed the fastest-growing cities in March. (Full disclosure: I blog for Dice, too.)
It's taking these numbers from one category tracked by the Labor Department, computer systems design and related services, which doesn't account for all the tech jobs out there. And these aren't the biggest tech job markets, though it lists those, too: New York; Washington, D.C./Baltimore; Silicon Valley; Chicago; Los Angeles. But in terms of robust hiring, consider:
- Maryland, up 5.9 percent in job listings for 2012 — It's so close to D.C. that this is no surprise. But its tech scene goes beyond government and defense contracting — areas in the midst of a budget-cutting mentality. It's showing demand for tech workers in hospitals, biotechnology and health care services as well.
- Massachusetts, up 5.5 percent — Perennially a big player, Dice posts more than 3,500 Massachusetts-based job ads on any given day.
- Texas, up 4.4 percent — Its tech job growth continues to provide good fodder for this blog. BLS recently named the Houston and Austin areas No. 2 and 3 hottest job markets (after Silicon Valley) in the economy overall.
- New York, up 4.3 percent — A Center for an Urban Future report details why the tech industry is in the Big Apple to stay.
- Minnesota, up 4.2 percent — In addition to trying to become one of the top five technology states by 2020, its tech employers include retailers, health care companies, consulting firms, insurance companies and manufacturers.
And two of the top 10, Oregon (No. 6) and Utah (No. 8), deserve special attention, too.