Illinois technology industry is growing

The Illinois technology industry grew 1.6 percent in 2012, according to the TechAmerica Foundation's latest Cyberstates report. The sector added 3,400 new jobs last year, which makes Illinois' tech workforce rank 8th in the nation. In addition, the state outpaced the national tech growth rate of 1.1 percent. Illinois added more new positions than other tech-savvy states such as Washington, Massachusetts and Virginia. As the industry continues to grow, firms can consult Chicago recruiters to find top talent for new opportunities.

Illinois' robust technology sector accounted for 4.4 percent of the state's private employment last year, when the total number of positions in the industry was 209,800, according to the report.

"Cyberstates 2013 shows that Illinois' technology cluster is alive and growing," said Matthew Kazmierczak, Vice President of the TechAmerica Foundation. "With over 20,000 technology manufacturing and service establishments, Illinois is a critical hub in the nation's tech ecosystem."

Importance of the tech industry for Illinois
Illinois ranks third nationally in consumer electronics manufacturing and fourth in electronic components manufacturing with a total of 13,100 jobs in both, according to the report. The state also ranks highly in communications equipment production and Internet and telecommunication services.

The number of technology startups in Chicago is increasing, creating many jobs and boosting innovation. A co-working tech hub for digital startups run by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center at the Merchandise Mart, 1871, reported its approximately 200 startups created 800 new jobs during the first year of operation, according to The Chicago Tribune. The number includes full and part-time employees, temporary workers and interns. The startups at 1871 plan to hire close to 1,342 new employees over the next year, which indicates the local tech sector will continue to expand in 2013. These companies are mainly focused on developing Web and mobile applications. 

While the Illinois technology industry still employs fewer people than it did during its height in 2008, the industry seems positioned for growth. As mobile technology continues to develop, startups will be searching for talented people. The technology sector will remain a great source of employment in Illinois. Firms looking to expand can utilize Chicago staffing services to find qualified recruits with advanced technical skills.