West Virginia is ranked No. 44 in the country in total tech occupation jobs, according to a national report released in February.
In the technology-driven world we live in, providing the right infrastructure is crucial to growing the economy. That’s what Joe Carlucci, West Virginia Small Business Center Development coach, preaches to all of his clients.
“Almost every industry is going to need technology,” Carlucci says. “They’re going to need that infrastructure in place to be successful. And that’s a significant gap in southern West Virginia. The economic multiplier of having tech firms locate in southern West Virginia is exponential.”
That’s why Carlucci called it ‘discouraging’ to see West Virginia ranked 44th in the United States in total tech occupation jobs.
This was announced in a national report by CompTIA Cyberstates that was released in February. The research found that hundreds of tech jobs were lost in the state.
Ellen Taylor, Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce president, says the lack of broadband and other technology in rural parts of the state is to blame.
“Well I think there are certain types of business that require a greater degree of technology than others,” Taylor tells 59News. “And for those that require it, it’s impossible to get them here if you don’t get them what they need.”
But even as tech job numbers continue to decrease, Carlucci remains hopeful that there will be an improvement in the technological job market in the Mountain State.
“I mean we’re an innovative people,” Carlucci says. “It’s not that we can’t be in the top 10. But it’s going to take some significant legwork to get there.”
There are currently more than 18,934 technology related jobs in West Virginia, according to the report. The state leading in tech jobs is California at 996,133.
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