JACKSONVILLE - Forbes Magazine's research says Jacksonville has the second-fastest growing tech services base in the country. The survey, contained in an article titled The Cities Winning the Battle for America's Biggest Growth Sector, ranks only Austin with more growth than Jacksonville. Jacksonville ranks ahead of tech hubs San Francisco and Raleigh.
The magazine's research shows that local employment growth in the tech services sector is 50.2 percent from 2001 to 2012, and the 2012 average annual salary in the Jacksonville sector is $72,913.
Forbes is giving Jacksonville a lot of love in the national tech scene in 2013. In January, the magazine ranked the city tenth nationally in its list of America's New Tech hot spots.
The Forbes article quotes; "But some other areas on our list are benefiting from a hitherto unnoted shift of high-end services to lower-cost and often lower-density regions. Jacksonville may be the poster child for this. Over the past decade, the northern Florida metro area’s population has grown 20% to over 1.3 million, but business services employment has expanded nearly 50%, the biggest jump of any of the country’s 51 largest metropolitan areas. Once a business services backwater, the share of jobs in that sector in the local economy has rapidly climbed towards the national average. This growth has been driven by management consulting as well as computer and data center services, an area in which Jacksonville has enjoyed among the highest growth rates in the country"
Read the article on Forbes here.