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New Hampshire continues to see healthy growth in tech sector, report says


A new study shows New Hampshire added nearly 3,000 new jobs to its tech sector from 2017 to 2018.

The Cyberstates 2019 Research Report from CompTIA is based on data analysis by the Computing Technology Industry Association, using information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and other sources.

At 9.8 percent (nearly 70,000 people), New Hampshire ranks seventh in the country for people working in tech.

“Clearly the broad-based impact of the tech industry touches virtually every community, industry and market across New Hampshire, especially when you consider the thousands of knowledge workers who rely on technology to do their jobs,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA, in a news release.

The state’s median tech wages are 80 percent higher than median national wages, according to the Cyberstates report, which also breaks down the leading tech industry sectors by number of jobs and percentage growth from 2017 to 2018:

  • IT Services and Custom Software Services: 15,921 jobs; up 8 percent year-to-year
  • Tech Manufacturing: 15,473 jobs; up 1.2 percent year-to-year
  • Engineering, R&D and Testing Services: 6,955 jobs; up 2.8 percent year-to-year
  • Telecommunications and Internet Services; 6,148 jobs; up 1.6 percent year-to-year

The tech sector’s net employment gain was 2,819 jobs from 2017 to 2018.

With tech making up 13.8 percent ($10.6 billion) of the state’s gross regional product in 2018, New Hampshire’s tech sector ranked fifth in the nation for economic impact.