A trade group report being released today ranks Hawaii among the top five states in the nation in growth of technology jobs.
With 6.3 percent growth in tech-industry jobs between 2005 and 2006, Hawaii ranked fourth nationwide
Hawaii also ranked in the top five states with the fastest growth rate in tech wages since 2001.
Between 2001 and 2006, Hawaii added 1,100 jobs, with most of the growth in the latter three years. In 2006, there were a total of 14,902 high-tech jobs and 1,387 high-tech establishments with a total payroll of $1 billion.
but there were not so good stuff:
Hawaii ranked No. 46 in high-tech employment and No. 26 in high-tech average wages. A total of 30 out of every 1,000 employees in the private sector in Hawaii are employed by high-tech firms.
Hawaii, however, ranks near the bottom when it comes to research & development per capita (at No. 38) and venture capital investments (No.45).
what does that all mean?
it means the industry is growing a lot. but, we are 46th in the nation (well, the study didn't say if that was a per capita number). our wages are increasing, but we are still in the middle ranking 26 in the nation.
and.... we aren't doing that much research and development and VC work.
so i guess that means there is a lot of IT work here in Hawaii (nothing against IT work).