High-Tech Jobs Benefit Indy, Leaving Remainder Of State Much To Be Desired

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

January 12, 2014 Updated Jan 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM EDT

INDIANA (21Alive) – Adding high-tech jobs to Indiana has paid off for Indianapolis, but not so much for the rest of the state.

According to a report in the Indianapolis Business Journal, Indianapolis had 39 percent more jobs in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in 2012, than in 2001.

However, the rest of the state, including Fort Wayne, only saw a 10 percent increase in STEM jobs. Even with the increase, the report claims there were fewer STEM job opportunities in the rest of the state in 2012, than offered in 2001.

Economists say high-tech workers flock to more urban areas, but they also blame the thousands of manufacturing jobs the state lost during the recession.

In the meantime, manufacturers say they cannot find enough qualified workers to fill open positions.

Officials with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce say state universities that offer incentives for 4-year STEM degrees also need to offer 2-year degrees and certifications in those fields to remedy that problem.

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