The Great Tech North, eh.

How big is the tech workforce in Pittsburgh? The Canadians have an answer. Pittsburgh still counts in the top 30 North American regions, which our neighbors to the north like to use for benchmarking. Here is a useful report just out with some Pittsburgh data:

Innovation Capabilities: Comparing Science and Engineering Employment in US and Canadian Cities, by Desmond Beckstead and W. Mark Brown of Statistics Canada. (May 2006). What do they find? By their definition Pittsburgh has a Science and Engineering workforce of 47,224

Which incidentially makes you think.... While there are a lot of reasons to keep to a nation-specific focus in benchmarking, why don't we include Canadian regions in more comparisons. Pennsylvania does share a border with Canada (granted it's a waterborne border demarked out in the middle of Lake Erie) and Toronto is not much more of a drive than is Philadelphia.


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