Staff Writer | MITechNews.Com
TROY – Tech industry employment in metro Detroit was up 15 percent in 2012 from the previous year’s study by Automation Alley, generating more than 30,000 tech jobs, giving Michigan the fastest rate of technology job growth from 2011 to 2012.
“There’s a tangible excitement in the air. New companies are launching,” said Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers. “Established companies are reinventing themselves by embracing new technologies. People who left the region years ago in search of opportunity are returning because they’ve found opportunity again, right here at home.”
In addition to providing a progress report for the region – in terms of job creation, business creation, innovation and education – the Technology Industry Report also serves as a tool for attracting talent and investment to Southeast Michigan. And despite the past economic downturn, the report shows that the Greater Detroit region is still one of the leading tech hubs in the nation.
The report includes a number of surprising stats about the region. While many tech hubs experience decline or stagnation, metro Detroit experienced growth in nearly every metric measured. Key findings include:
Tech industry employment in metro Detroit is up 15 percent from the previous year’s study, while Silicon Valley shows a 4 percent drop.
Metro Detroit added more than 30,000 tech jobs, while Silicon Valley lost 10,000.
Schools in the metro Detroit region graduated more students in the areas of engineering and engineering technology than any other region in the study, with more STEM graduates and computer science graduates than Silicon Valley.
Michigan leads the nation in the advanced automotive industry, with a concentration of employment in metro Detroit that is 6 times the national average and a concentration in Grand Rapids that is 3.5 times the national average.
Nearly 10 percent of total employment in the metro Detroit area is tech-related.
“We create and make things here, and no one does it better,” Rogers said. “And this is how Detroit has evolved into one of the leading tech centers in America. We’ve discovered that the know-how, the infrastructure, and the talent born out of Detroit’s auto and manufacturing industries provide a great foundation to build a new tech-based economy.”