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California Leads Tech Jobs

A report shows the state's high-tech employers create more jobs with higher wages.

California continues to lead the U.S. high-tech labor market, creating more new jobs with higher wages than any other state, according to a report by the AeA, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based trade group formerly named the American Electronics Association.

The state's technology employers added 21,400 new jobs for a total of 940,700 in 2006, the most recent year with full employment data. The gains were a two percent increase over the previous year, the second largest jump in technology employment since the dot-com crash in 2000, the report said.

By contrast, Texas added 13, 700 new jobs for a total of 459,500, while New York added 1,600 for a total of 301,500.

California high-tech workers also earned an average of $101,200, the industry's highest wages in 2006.

"The people and leaders of California -- and Silicon Valley in particular -- continue to find new ways to innovate and new industries to develop," AeA Chairman Deirdre Hanford said in a statement.

Hanford added that maintaining Silicon Valley as a global high-tech hub would depend on a number of factors, including maximizing the skills of a diverse workforce and improving the quality of the local education system, among others.


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