Study: Mobile industry employs 30,000 in Mass.
The mobile industry, which can be loosely defined as made up of companies that offer hardware, software, and services for smartphones, laptops, and tablet computers, employs 30,000 workers in Massachusetts, according to a new study.
The study is from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, or MassTLC. On its website, the council describes itself as a business association that seeks to address issues facing the local technology industry.
The study found that nearly 400 companies that cater to the mobile industry are either based in Massachusetts or have a presence here.
Bay State start-ups in the sector attracted $82 million in investments in 2010, up 40 percent from 2009, said MassTLC, citing data from the research and investment firm Rutberg & Co.
When it comes to mobile industry competition, Massachusetts may have a formidable rival in New York.
After leading New York for years in the number of technology start-ups that attract venture capital, Massachusetts is falling farther behind New York, a recent Globe story on VC investments noted.
"In hot investment sectors such as the Internet, mobile technology, and social media, New York really had caught up to Massachusetts," that story said.
MassTLC remains confident.
"As mobile transforms virtually all IT -- Massachusetts is well-positioned to regain its place in the rankings," a MassTLC spokesman wrote in an e-mail.