Techies have long flocked to New York, Washington, and Silicon Valley in search of work. In 2009 that may have been to no avail. All three metro areas lost high-tech jobs, a trend that spread through much of the country.
Fifty-two of the nation's 60 largest metropolitan areas known for high-tech industry shed technology jobs in 2009, according to a new study from TechAmerica Foundation
, a high-tech industry association based in Arlington, Va. The study was based on an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In fact, high-tech workers have fared better than other private sector employees. While pay at an average high-tech job dropped by 0.8 percent last year, wages paid at an average private industry job declined 1.4 percent, according to TechAmerica
. Just don't expect to find the city with the biggest overall increase in tech jobs listed among the top 25 biggest U.S. tech markets. That's because Oklahoma City remains a relatively small market, coming in at No. 57 of the 60 metros in the ranking.
for America's top 25 high-tech cities in 2009, ranked according to the number of high-tech workers they employ.