Number of high-tech Jobs:
Intel, Oregon Health & Science University
In a hopeful sign for the area, chipmaker Intel (INTC
) recently said it will build a new plant in Portand, Ore. The semiconductor manufacturing industry by far outstrips any other in Portland, which lost 4,100 high tech jobs from 2007 through 2009. Last year the area's average high-tech worker earned 96 percent more than its average private sector employee.