Number of high-tech Jobs:
Compuware, General Motors
Earlier this year, automaker General Motors (GM
) said it would hire 1,000 engineers and researchers in the next two years. That's welcome news in a region that's been hard-hit by the recession and the auto industry's decline. Last year was particularly rough: The Motor City lost 15 percent of its high-tech jobs in computer system design, research and development, and engineering services. Still, a high-tech worker made 70 percent more than the area's average private sector worker.