Recently, tech giants Amazon, Apple and Google have all made headlines with their expansion beyond Silicon Valley and Seattle bringing thousands of high-paying jobs to Virginia, New York, and Texas. Big tech is taking its incessant talent hunt nationwide, and Las Vegas is poised to benefit economically from the spread and rise of digital services industries such as software publishing, data processing/hosting, computer systems design and web-publishing/search. Digital services are a critical part of the national economy, accounting for 80% of the nation’s advanced industries growth since 2015 as employment in this area grew 4.2% a year. Technology will be a major contributor to regional growth in Southern Nevada, and it is headed in the right direction with its gains in digital services employment moving up to #24 nationally. Between 2015-2017, employment in digital services in Southern Nevada increased 5.6% a year based on Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) calculations, outpacing the region’s share of national employment.
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