Some states thought to have strong tech sectors fared poorly in this survey of available job openings.

Spencer Chin, Senior Editor

March 8, 2024

2 Min Read
Tech employment prospects vary widely by state.
A recent survey by DevRev found several surprises among states with the fewest tech job openings.SeventyFour/ iStock / Getty Images Plus/Via Getty Images

Tech workers tend to seek opportunities in states with high concentrations of tech workers. A recent survey by DevRev revealed the states with most and least tech job vacancies. While there are relatively few surprises among the highest- ranking states, some of the lowest-ranking states were surprising.

DevRev obtained data from Indeed to discover the number of vacancies in the tech industry in each state; these figures were weighed against the population to determine the final ranking. Based on this methodology, the states with the least demand for tech workers were, in order from the bottom, Mississippi,  Louisiana, and─a big surprise─New York. The Empire State had 289 tech job vacancies per 100,000 workers. Other somewhat surprising states in the bottom 10 per tech job demand include, at #7, Michigan with 313 tech job vacancies per 100,000 workers, and at #10, New Jersey with 361 vacancies per 100,000. The graph below lists details.

States With the Least Demand for Tech Workers

RANK

STATE

JOB COUNT PER 100,000

1

Mississippi

207

2

Louisiana

281

3

New York

289

4

Arkansas

290

5

Kentucky

304

6

West Virginia

310

7

Michigan

313

8

Wyoming

338

9

Alabama

352

10

New Jersey

361

Looking behind the data, New York State’s poor showing likely reflects New York City accounting for a lion’s share of those tech vacancies, with far fewer tech jobs outside the New York City metropolitan area. Much of New York State has relatively few tech jobs, although there are attempts to establish tech jobs in some areas, such as central New York State.

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Also in the bottom 10 was New Jersey, where there are tech companies in the northeastern and central regions of the state and pharmaceutical companies that have tech jobs. The state does have several cities, however, with unemployed or low-wage workers in service industries.

As far as states with the most tech job vacancies, Virginia ranked first with 843 vacancies per 100,000, followed by  Arizona with 761 vacancies per 100,000.  The graph below provides more details.

States With the Most Demand for Tech Workers

RANK

STATE

JOB COUNT PER 100,000

1

Virginia

843

2

Arizona

764

3

Maryland

683

4

Colorado

666

5

Massachusetts

629

6

Alaska

600

7

Washington

570

8

North Dakota

552

9

North Carolina

543

10

Utah

542

Where does your state rank as far as tech job vacancies? You can view the list here.

About the Author(s)

Spencer Chin

Senior Editor, Design News

Spencer Chin is a Senior Editor for Design News, covering the electronics beat, which includes semiconductors, components, power, embedded systems, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and other related subjects. He is always open to ideas for coverage. Spencer has spent many years covering electronics for brands including Electronic Products, Electronic Buyers News, EE Times, Power Electronics, and electronics360. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him at @spencerchin.

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