Gender Inequity Persists in Washington’s Tech Industry

Women continue to be under-represented despite sector’s rapid growth, study says
Posted: Apr, 02 2019
 
 
  • Women continue to be under-represented despite sector’s rapid growth, study says

Seattle and Washington state once again rank among the best in the country for a robust technology sector, but women continue to be under-represented despite the industry’s rapid growth.

A study by CompTia, a trade association, ranked Seattle in the top 10 for net tech employment [No. 9], net job gains in the past year [No. 4] and economic impact [No. 3]. The technology sector contributes $87.7 billion to the Seattle-area economy, or 26.2 percent of total GDP. At 20.1 percent of GDP, Washington state ranks No. 1 for tech economic impact as a percentage of the state’s economy, contributing $94.5 billion.

However, the state ranks a lowly No. 36 for its percentage of women tech workers, at only 31.1 percent, below the national average by more than a percentage point and behind states such as Arkansas, North Dakota, Alabama and Tennessee.

Overall tech employment in the Seattle area is an estimated 298,555, a 31 percent increase since 2010. The state has an estimated 377,809 tech workers.

Slightly more than one in 10 employees statewide is a tech worker, No. 3 in the U.S. behind only Massachusetts and Virginia.

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