Missouri no longer fastest-growing state for tech jobs

Missouri for the past two years was the fastest-growing state for tech jobs, according to Dice.com, a website that tracks IT jobs.

But according to Dice.com’s latest report, the Show Me State has slipped.

Dice.com’s August 2014 report showed Missouri came in as the tenth fastest-growing state for tech jobs. Jobs in the IT industry are still up — by a 2.1 percent clip — but the state lags behind other states such as Texas (6 percent); Florida (5.6 percent); North Carolina (3.8 percent); Oregon (3.6 percent); Washington (3.5 percent); New York (3 percent); Massachusetts (2.9 percent); New Jersey (2.8 percent); and Michigan (2.7 percent).

“After being the fastest growing state for tech jobs two years in a row, the pace has slowed, but the expansion has continued — up two percent from year-end,” the report said.

Dice research found 34,000 professionals employed in computer systems design and related services in St. Louis through June this year. Missouri created 700 tech positions in the first six months of the year. That’s compared with the 1,900 tech jobs that were created during the same time in 2013.

According to Rachel Ceccarelli, a spokeswoman for Dice, there are more than 825 tech jobs on Dice.com in St. Louis on any given day.

Companies looking for tech talent include Scottrade, Northrop Grumman, Anheusur-Busch and Centene Corp.

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Source: St. Louis Business Journal