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Florida 4th largest Cyberstate, ranked #1 in computer training jobs

Florida remains the fourth largest Cyberstate by technology employment, according to the Cyberstates 2009 report released Tuesday by the group TechAmerica.

The Cyberstates 2009 report breaks down the tech industry data from each state. Overall Florida lost about 1,700 net jobs -- about one percent -- in 2007, the most current year for which state data is available. Florida employed 280,300 technology workers.

In 2007, high-tech workers in Florida earned an average wage of $66,900, which is 72 percent more than the state's average private sector wage. Florida had 22,700 high-tech establishments in 2007, ranking it third nationwide.

The state is ranked first in computer training employment with 1,600 jobs, third in communications services employment with 84,900 jobs and third in engineering services employment with 59,200 jobs.

National data from the fourth quarter of 2008 shows a 0.6 percent drop in the technology employment in the U.S. -- about 38,000 jobs -- compared to the total private sector employment decline of 1.3 percent. But when looking at all of 2008, the high-tech industry added 77,000 total jobs, with employment totally 5.9 million.

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