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Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX, not the Bay Area, is the No. 1 metropolitan area when it comes to creating tech jobs, Forbes reported citing research from Praxis Strategy Group.
Raleigh-Cary (N.C.), and Houston-Sugarland-Baytown (TX) came second and third respectively in generating tech jobs over the past 12 years.
To compile the list of metro areas that are generating the most tech jobs, Praxis Strategy Group analyzed job creation trends in the nation’s 52 largest metropolitan areas from 2001 to 2013 (a period that extends from the bust of the last tech expansion to the beginning of the current one).
Research director Mark Schill said the firm looked at employment in tech-related industries, such as software, engineering and computer programming services, besides analyzing the numbers of employees in STEM occupations (science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related jobs) – tech workers who are employed in businesses that are not directly related to technology.
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, the traditional tech stronghold and home to roughly 40% of the nation’s venture capital, ranked No. 25.