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Economist: Arizona high-tech jobs being filled

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Industry experts nationwide said the United States has a lack of high-tech workers.

One California company said it has 5,000 high-tech jobs in San Diego that it can’t fill.

Valley economist Elliott Pollack said it’s different in Arizona.

“I can tell we are creating jobs in high-tech, and for the most part those jobs are getting filled,” said Pollack.

Pollack said that California companies open up thousands of high-tech jobs all at once, but that’s not the case with Arizona’s job market.

“You don’t tend to have many high-tech employers adding a great number of jobs at once,” he said.

“You might have a few here, a few there. For the most part they get filled. In addition, Arizona is a place that people like to come to.”

Pollack agreed with industry experts who said kindergarten through 12th-grade schools need to do a better job teaching math and science, subjects that are critical for high-tech careers.

Pollack worries that America may need to import workers from overseas four to six years from now when a high-tech labor shortage is caused by baby boomers who are retiring.