A new report analyzing U.S. employment by high-tech firms found that 53 of the nation's top 60 metropolitan areas lost tech jobs in 2009.
The seven cities that did not lose tech jobs during 2009 included Oklahoma City, which added the most tech jobs in 2009 with 900, according to the 2010 Cybercities report from the TechAmerica Foundation. The other six cities that also added jobs included Huntsville, Ala., San Diego, Denver, Albany, N.Y., Palm Bay/Melbourne, Fla., and Buffalo, N.Y.
The report, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that New York City led the nation with the most workers employed by tech companies followed by Washington, D.C., San Jose/Silicon Valley, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Houston.
Silicon Valley still has the highest concentration of tech industry employees. The report found 30 percent of private sector workers in Silicon Valley are employed by the tech industry.
"Most of the metro areas we examined lost tech jobs in 2009 as the full force of the economic downturn hit the industry," TechAmerica Foundation Vice President of Research Josh James said in a statement. "These are the types of jobs every city wants. They are very well-paid, with 57 of the 60 cybercities having average tech industry wages that are 50 percent higher than the average private sector wage."
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