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Study answers a key question: Where have the tech workers gone? Idaho near the top of the list

A new study puts data to a trend that’s been felt anecdotally in the Boise area for a while: the Gem State is seeing a boom in technology sector workers.

The Technology Councils of North America released a new study that looked at changes in employment trends for technology companies. It compared a time period just before the pandemic to this winter.

It found Idaho saw the second-largest percentage increase in tech workers from December 2019 to December 2021 – growing 7.3%. Only Tennessee saw a bigger jump, up eight percent. The council – which calls itself TECNA – said much of the influx is driven by remote work.

While many markets experienced an influx of tech workers, the data shows that they are often employed by companies not located in the areas in which they now live,” the study’s authors note.

That mirrors a story BoiseDev’s Margaret Carmel told earlier this year.

Local recruiting firm partner Alison Bruce said Boise is a prime place for recruitment and relocation of workers, partly due to the still relatively lower cost of living and the higher wages tech companies often pay.

“Now those companies can recruit talent out of Boise because they don’t need to be in New York, LA or Atlanta,” Bruce said. “Because we have such low wages, it’s an easier recruitment than other markets. I think part of the appeal is they don’t need to pay quite those New York wages to get similarly talented people with experience out of Boise.”

TECNA said it looked at “more than 27,000 data points” for the report, including Burning Glass, Zillow and US Bureau of Labor Statistics information. It said a tech worker includes a set of US government classifications that includes web developers, computer and information systems managers, engineering managers, and others.

States with top growth in tech workers:

  • Tennessee (7.6%)
  • Idaho (7.5%)
  • Washington (6.6%)
  • Utah (5.3%)
  • North Carolina (4.9%)
  • Mississippi (4.7%)
  • Arizona (4.5%)
  • Arkansas (4.4%)
  • Texas (4.3%)
  • Kentucky (4.3%)

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Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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