Fom the department of things-we-already-knew... According to new Census Bureau data, Asian Americans make up half of the Bay Area's technology workforce: Asian workers now dominate Silicon Valley tech jobs.
The percentage of Asian high tech workers grew from 39 percent in 2000 to just more than 50 percent in 2010 in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties combined.
Of course, this also signaled a significant decrease in tech industry jobs for white, African American and Hispanic workers, with percentage declines across the board:
The tech employment picture hardly represents the growing number of Hispanics and Latinos who make up 27 percent of Santa Clara County, English-Lueck said.I fear the backlash that these trends are brewing. Just based on some of the people quoted in this article, it's hard not to feel some shades of anti-Asian sentiment already brewing over the loss of tech jobs to foreign Asian workers. And we're all aware what can happen when that goes unchecked.
But it does reflect the young and growing number of Asian-Americans "who were raised with a very strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) background" and are going into high tech.
Asian-American software developers, in particular, saw huge gains all around the Bay Area: from nearly 45 percent of those workers in 2000 to more than 53 percent in Alameda County; and from nearly 50 percent to nearly 60 percent in both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the center of Silicon Valley.