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Raleigh-Durham Named a Top U.S. Metro for Information Technology Talent

The Raleigh-Durham metro area is one of the best environments in the nation for information technology companies to find and retain highly skilled workers, says a new report from KLG Advisors. According to KLG’s IT Market View report, Raleigh-Durham had the highest IT labor force concentration of any metro area in the United States.

KLG’s report spotlights U.S. metro areas that have the necessary ingredients to provide a skilled workforce for IT companies such as the current scale of IT talent pool, cost of IT talent, concentration of IT talent relative to the overall labor force, recent trends in IT talent pool growth and output of new IT talent from proximate colleges and universities.

While the North Carolina metro scored well in several categories, Raleigh-Durham scored “very strong” for having a high concentration of IT talent and for output of new IT talent from proximate colleges and universities.

KLG is the latest of many experts to tout Raleigh-Durham’s growing information technology sector. In November, Newsweek magazine called North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham a “New Silicon Valley,” and said the area is “where the brains are headed.”

Other accolades the IT industry in the Triangle area has recently received:


  • One of the top 20 “Most Wired Cities,” Forbes magazine
  • No. 2 “Biggest Brain Magnet” in the United States, Forbes magazine
  • No. 7 Best-Performing City, Milken Institute

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