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High tech jobs see the sun


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Not many would call Florida a technology jobs hotbed, short of a few fast-growth high-tech businesses that dot the state.

But a report from tech career website dice.com says the Sunshine State's tech workforce has grown 5.64% so far in 2014 over last year. That's good for the second-fastest growth rate in the country, behind Texas, at 5.99%.

Florida tech businesses created 4,100 jobs in the first six months of 2014, the report shows, which is near the 2013 total, when employers added 4,500 people to payrolls. The report compares federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data on the highest percentage growth and the most new positions added in the first half of the year. It analyzes data for computer systems design and related services positions.

The report notes Florida's focus to grow its tech employee pipeline through techCAMPs. Those programs, run by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, introduce middle and high school students to technology careers in central Florida and the Tampa area. Here's a glance at the top 10 states for growth in technology jobs:

 

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