Apr 23, 2024 - News

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New AI jobs posted per 100k people, Q1 2024
Data: UMD-LinkUp AI Maps; Note: "AI job" defined as a job requiring technical skills to build and/or use AI models. A bigger circle indicates more new jobs per capita. Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Houston lags behind the nation's leading AI job hot spots, a new analysis finds.

Why it matters: As AI emerges as the hottest thing in tech, cities outside Silicon Valley have a chance to get in on the action — and reap the economic rewards.

  • Houston has not yet capitalized on this opportunity.

By the numbers: The Houston area produced 623 new AI jobs, only 8.8 per 100,000 residents, in the first quarter of 2024.

  • There were 11.7 AI-related jobs posted for every 100,000 residents nationally in Q1.

Zoom out: San Jose (142.4 new AI jobs listed per 100,000 residents), Seattle (74.4) and San Francisco (49.3) led the way in the first quarter of 2024.

  • Austin posted 39.9 new AI jobs listed per 100,000 residents.

How it works: The estimates come via UMD-LinkUp, a collaboration between the University of Maryland, job listings platform LinkUp and consultancy/executive firm Outrigger Group.

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