KC a Surprising Tech Jobs Creator
by Jeff Pinkerton
According to urban economist Joel Kotkin, Kansas City is among the top metros in the country in technology industry growth and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs over the last 12 years. In the analysis, KC ranks 13th in overall in Tech-STEM growth rankings between 2001 and 2013. Kansas City appears to have done particularly well in recent years, with tech industry jobs (software, engineering and computer programming) growing by 18.5 percent between 2010 and 2013. This ranks eighth out of the 51 largest metros in the country and ahead of tech centers like Denver and San Jose.
The upshot of Kotkin’s article is that while West Coast, high-tech centers like San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle remain giants, other metros are starting to gain ground. In fact, the top four metros for tech and STEM growth are away from the coasts (Austin, Raleigh, Houston and Nashville).
This is just more evidence that the tech boom we are seeing here locally is showing up on the national radar as well.