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October 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Washington most “app intense” state, study says

If you’re app-y and you know it clap your hands.

Washington has the highest concentration of app developers in the nation, according to a new wireless industry report.

Washington is the country’s most “app intense” state – with the most app-related jobs relative to overall jobs in the state, according to the report released today by the CTIA wireless trade group and the Application Developers Alliance.

It found that application development in Washington generates 49,800 jobs and has an economic impact of $2 billion, including direct and indirect wages.

The report said California has more app developers – 151,900 – and $8.2 billion in “app economy” wages. New York is third with 39,800 jobs. Oregon is 12th with 10,800. California has the second-highest concentration of app developers, followed by Massachusetts and Oregon.

It’s not an exact measurement of app jobs, though. The report estimated the number of app and their economic effect mostly by analyzing help-wanted ads.

“For decades, Washington has been a tech hub. Innovation is embedded into our

culture here, and the state is a great home to startups and large established tech

companies alike. We are proud to be part of the next generation to continue this

tradition,” Ian Sefferman, an alliance member and chief executive of Seattle-based MobileDevHQ, said in the release.

Naitonally the “app economy” has produced 519,000 jobs ranging from positions at small startups to developer positions in government, education and large tech companies, the accompanying release said.

Here’s the report: The Geography of the App Economy.pdf

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