Number of high-tech Jobs:
UnitedHealth Group, 3M, Medtronic
Home to companies specializing in computer system design and electro-medical equipment and measuring instruments manufacturing, the Minneapolis area lost 4 percent of its tech jobs last year. For example, giant 3M (MMM
), maker of Post-It Notes and Scotch Tape, cut 5,600 jobs in 2008 and 2009. The average high-tech salary was 65 percent higher than the average private sector wage.