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Posted on Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

Michigan ranks 3rd in national study of high-tech job growth

By Ben Freed

A recent report by California-based high-tech industry group Engine Advocacy ranked Michigan third in the nation for high tech job growth in 2010-11.

The report showed Michigan’s 6.9 percent growth in high-tech employment comfortably beating the national average of 2.6 percent.


High tech job locations in Washtenaw County include the Toyota and Hyundai technical centers found here.

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“This news really captures what is special about Michigan—we discover things, we make things, and we make things work,” Michael Finney, Michigan Economic Development Corporation president and CEO, said in a statement. “Very few places in the world can match our technology leadership, R&D capabilities, and world-class workforce.”

Much of Michigan’s growth numbers came from the Lansing metropolitan area as well as the Detroit suburbs of Warren, Troy, and Farmington Hills. Lansing was the sixth fastest growing metropolitan area for high-tech jobs with impressive 17.6 percent growth for the year.

The Warren, Troy, Farmington Hills area also was listed as a Top-25 metro area nationally with 13 percent growth.

Washtenaw County grew at a slower rate, only adding high-tech jobs by approximately 0.2 percent during the course of the year. However, the county has the second-highest level of high-tech employment in the state with 9.7 percent of the county’s jobs coming in the high-tech sector.

That’s second only to Oakland County where 11 percent of jobs are high-tech. Both counties are far above Michigan’s 5 percent and the national average of 5.6 percent of jobs that are in high-tech fields.

The average wage for a high-tech job in Michigan is $82,960 according to the study, completed by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. The national average for jobs in the category is $95,832.

For cities like Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti with major state-funded universities, the real percentage of employees in the high-tech sector could be even higher. The percentages used in the study only examined private-sector workforce and did not include researchers working in university laboratories.

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Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 1:45 p.m.

There goes Rick again making the state worse... NOT. Good job Rick, keep it up!

Steven Murphy

Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 12:51 p.m.

This is wonderful news and let's hope it continues for a very long time!


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 6:36 a.m.

The high tech industries have much to do with the state universities which the Republicans have not been able to wreak, yet.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 2:33 a.m.

He cut $1B from The education budget. This was not a one time cut, it's $1B per year. So if he puts a little back, he's a hero?


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 1:34 p.m.

Republicans increased funding for the Universities last year after a decade of cuts under Granholm. In the for what it's worth category.


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 2:38 p.m.

Not possible. Simply not possible. Everyone knows that is absolutely necessary for Michigan to become a Right to Work state in order to see job growth, especially nice high tech sector. Pure fiction this article is.


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 2:52 p.m.

Few if any. Which is exactly my point. Happened without RTW. Thanks for helping making that clear.


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 2:46 p.m.

How many of those high tech jobs do you think are union jobs?


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 12:37 p.m.

let's see we have Ann Arbor,Lansing/East Lansing,Oakland County,and the Grand Rapids area to thank for this.The rest of the state?Well it is what it is.