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Stop Whining About the ‘Fairness’ of Tech Job Concentration

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Stop Whining About the 'Fairness' of Tech Job Concentration

AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou, File. Article by Walter Block.

Five major cities have been hogging up the lion’s share of new hi-tech jobs. They are Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose. They have accounted for, wait for it, 90% of new jobs in this sector of the labor market between 2005 and 2017. That left only 10% of the growth in this field – software, drugs, semi-conductors, chips, etc. – to the other 377 metropolitan areas in the country.

Nor is it merely that places such as Washington DC, Dallas, Philadelphia, Denver, Chicago and Los Angeles are not getting their “fair share” of this increased employment. They are actually losing such job slots, 45,000 between 2005 and 2012.

Not fair, you say? Too uneven, you charge? You can garner support in this opinion of yours from Mark Muro and Jacob Whiton of the Brookings Institution and Rob Atkinson of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. […]

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