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How Many Tech Jobs Are There in NYC? Depends Whom You Ask

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

New York is adding jobs in technology, and fast. Exactly how many, however, is a matter for debate.

Two reports out this week offer different numbers.

study by commissioned by Google, Citigroup, New York Tech Meetup, and the Association for a Better New York, concludes there are “291,000 jobs that are enabled by, produce, or facilitate technology.”

The Partnership for New York City has a much more conservative estimate, about 150,000 tech jobs.

Merrill Pond, senior vice president for research at the Partnership, said her calculation includes only jobs of a technical nature, like computer systems analyst and web developer, “more typical tech jobs.”

The Google/Citi study includes non-technical jobs at tech companies, like a cafeteria worker at Google or a marketer at an e-commerce site.

“It's definitely one of the hardest industries to pin down because there's no clear cut classification for technology jobs,” said Barbara Byrne Denham, a private economist who has been watching tech jobs in New York since the late 1990s dotcom boom. 

Denham said even if the numbers aren't always clear, the trend lines are. New York is adding a lot of tech jobs and faster than the nation as a whole.

That's a good thing as these jobs tend to pay better on average than other jobs.

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Comments [2]

Unemployed in NY from NYC

Big issue is New York State Department of Labor is wayyyyyyyyy behind the times when it comes to tracking jobs which reflect the job market in 2014. If you get downsized and work in technology and have to use the services of the NY State Department of Labor you are out of luck. Job codes are outdated, counselors have no idea about the tech industry. Civil Service employees who took tests for their jobs years ago and have typewriters on their desk. How can DOL assist the workforce when they have no pulse of the industry trends or have any idea of the workforce needs. Just go and sit in one of their offices and witness this first hand. Go to one of the Entrepreneur Centers and that is even more of a joke. New York state is behind the times....

Apr. 04 2014 12:15 AM
Maggie Bowman from chicago, IL

FWIW, the Google cafeteria workers you refer to don't work directly for Google. Sub-contracted through Bon Appetit.

Apr. 03 2014 10:20 AM

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