High-Technology Employment as a Percentage of Total Private-Sector Employment in Arizona, as Defined by Industry
As defined by industry, high-technology employment as a share of private-sector employment was substantially greater in Arizona than the national average historically. In 1998, for example, the high-tech share was 8.0 percent in Arizona and 6.3 percent nationally. Over time, the share nationally has fluctuated without a trend; it still was 6.3 percent in 2012. In contrast, the share in Arizona has dropped significantly since 2001. In 2012, it was no higher than the national average — Arizona can no longer claim to be a high-tech hub.