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Austin, Dallas-Forth Worth Rank In High Tech Employment Report

The AeA, a technology trade association, has released the firm's annual report on high tech employment in major metropolitan areas, its Cybercities 2008 report, and ranked both Austin and Dallas-Forth Worth as among the top cities in the nation for high tech employment. According to the AeA, Austin was ranked third in terms of high tech salary in the report, and Dallas-Fort Worth ranked number 5 in the number of high tech employees in the area. The AeA found that Austin had an average wage of $100,500 in 2006, the latest data available, 113 percent more than the metropolitan area's average private sector wage; Austin employed 68,800 people in 2006, up 2,300 jobs over the previous year. Dallas-Forth Worth actually had a much higher number of high tech employees, with 176,000 employed in the technology industry in the area--the fifth largest in the nation. Those numbers were up 2,800 from prior year numbers. Nationally, New York Metro Area, Washington, DC, San Jose/Silicon Valley, Boston, and Dallas-Fort Worth were the top cities for high tech employment.