When it comes to recruiting talent, Ohio may have it tough.
But the state’s tech community is a magnet for talent.
And the Columbus area is no exception.
According to data released Thursday by the Ohio Department of Labor, nearly 5,300 software developers in Columbus work for tech companies worth an average of $75,000 annually, with more than half of those workers living in the Columbus metro area.
In a similar number of areas across the state, tech companies are a key source of employment for employees with technical expertise.
The data shows the top tech employers in Columbus are Google, Facebook, Amazon, LinkedIn, and PayPal.
The data also shows that tech companies have a disproportionately large number of highly skilled tech employees, and that the state has a tech talent shortage.
In Columbus, for example, Google employs more than 4,000 people with more technical and technical related jobs than the state.
The region has a talent shortage that has not been fully addressed, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Development.
The report also found that Columbus is among the top 20 states in the nation in terms of the number of people with advanced degrees, as well as in terms for the percentage of those with bachelor’s degrees.
Columbus is the only metro area in Ohio where the share of its population with advanced-degree degrees is lower than in the rest of the state (15.2 percent compared to 17.3 percent), the report said.
Columbia has a large concentration of technology workers in the areas of technology, software development, data analytics, and robotics, according a report by the Institute for Labor Economics and Policy.
The city also has a high concentration of workers in engineering, manufacturing, and finance, with nearly 40 percent of workers with advanced degree and above in the city, according the report.
The tech talent pool in Columbus is also concentrated in the cities of Commerce, Franklin, Hamilton, Lorain, Medina, and Stark counties, according data from the Ohio State Department of Commerce and Industry.
The lack of tech talent is also a challenge for local governments, according research by the Columbus Business Journal.
The newspaper found that the area has an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, which is significantly higher than the national rate of 6.9 percent.
The Columbus region has been in a hiring slump over the last several years, and the region has struggled with job growth.
In February, the Columbus region had an unemployment average of 7.5 percent.
In March, the unemployment rate was 8.5.
And in April, the jobless rate hit 8.7 percent.
According the Columbus Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 3,200 people employed in Ohio at some level of technology.
The largest employer in the region is Amazon, with 2,500 employees, followed by Microsoft at 1,600, and Google at 1.7, according Toowoomba, Ill.-based cloud computing provider Dell Technologies.
The number of employees in the company has increased from less than 5,000 to more than 10,000 employees, Toowotans unemployment rate is higher than in other parts of the country, but it is still lower than the average for the region.
In addition to tech, Toomey has found that most companies in the area have at least one female CEO.
The company is the parent company of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The state has been investing heavily in tech in recent years, according officials.
In 2017, the state created the Columbus Talent Hub, a $1 million technology-based training program that was designed to bring in talented tech talent to the Columbus metropolitan area.
It also launched a $4.5 million initiative in 2018 to expand technology training in the metro area for employers of more than 250 people.
In 2019, the governor’s Office of Economic Development released a plan to create a regional technology hub that would offer high-tech jobs to local workers and help fill the gap in technology hiring.
The program also includes incentives for employers to hire tech workers in Columbus, the Ohio Economic Development Corporation reported.