19 November 2003

Arizona Lost 19,000 High-Tech Jobs 2001-2002

The nation's second-sharpest decline in terms of percentage (15%).
Nationally, Cyberstates 2003 reported that high-tech employment fell by 540,000 jobs, dropping to six million in 2002. However, using preliminary data, AeA estimated that the tech industry will lose 234,000 jobs in 2003.

New Hampshire was the only state to top Arizona in terms of percentage of high-tech jobs lost, with its high-tech sector suffering an 18 percent drop in employment. In sheer numbers, California lost the greatest number of jobs (123,000) but remained the nation's biggest high-tech employment state at 995,000 jobs.