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Michigan No. 1 for tech job growth

Michigan leads the nation in tech job growth, according to the latest 2010 TechAmerica report, putting the state in the national spotlight along with the winning Detroit Tigers.

Michigan, which lost more jobs than any other state during the past decade, has been a national comeback leader in recent weeks. Just last month, Newsweek / The Daily Beast ranked Michigan the state No. 1 in job growth. CNN, Bloomberg and other national outlets have even described Detroit asthe next Silicon Valley.

“The fact that Michigan added more tech jobs in 2010 than any other state may surprise people – including people within the state,” TechAmerica’s Ed Longanecker said in a press release. “But job gains in key sectors like software and research and development have helped the state recover from hard economic times.’’

The survey showed Michigan adding 2,700 tech jobs between 2009 and 2010 while the national overall lost 116,000 such jobs during the same period. Only Michigan, the District of Columbia and six other states showed growth in the tech jobs during that period: Virginia, Colorado, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Utah and South Carolina.

Michigan advantages: one of the largest concentrations of R&D, engineers, research universities and access to talent.

Just one example of Michigan’s high tech hiring wave came last month, when HP announced it was opening a new HP Enterprise Services applications delivery center in Pontiac with plans to hire more than 200 tech professionals and additional support personnel over the coming months.

Michigan was chosen over competing sites due to the high quality workforce and the availability of technical resources, according to an HP spokesperson.

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