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State tech economy growing, but not fast enough

Cambridge remains a hot-spot for high-tech jobs at such places as HubSpot (left); Lab Central, which offers space for startups; and Google.
Cambridge remains a hot-spot for high-tech jobs at such places as HubSpot (left); Lab Central, which offers space for startups; and Google. Globe file photos

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The growth in the state’s technology sector is far outpacing the overall economy but it’s not rising fast enough to keep Massachusetts on the leading edge of innovation especially as other states are catching up.

While Massachusetts added more tech jobs than any state other than North Carolina between 2009 and 2012, according to a report out today from the Mass Technology Leadership Council, the state also has to do more to educate the next wave of tech workers, and continue to attract more from elsewhere, if it hopes to remain competitive.

“Creating the jobs isn’t the hard part, filling them is the hard part,” said Tom Hopcroft, head MassTLC, the state’s largest technology organization that issued the report Thursday.

Its State of the Technology report is the first time the organization has surveyed the tech economy since 2009. While it has risen, with a growth rate of 5.6 percent, it is still trailing other sectors in the Massachusetts economy such as hospitality and health care.

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