Tenth Silicon Ceiling report describes black technology workforce in detail

WASHINGTON – Maryland, Georgia, Virginia, Texas and New York lead the nation in the employment of African-Americans in the computer industry, according to the 10th annual Silicon Ceiling: Equal Opportunity in High Technology report.

Texas, Georgia, Florida, New York and California have the most African-American engineers, according to the study.

Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, New York and New Jersey have the largest numbers of blacks in life and physical sciences, it adds.

Among counties, Prince Georges, MD, Cook, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Fulton and DeKalb, GA have the highest numbers of black computer workers.

The report is an essential tool for understanding the shape of the technology workforce. Since the first study in 1998 reviewed EEO-1 forms from hundreds of Silicon Valley firms, it has been cited in hearings of both U.S. Senate and House committee and by presidential candidates on national television.

Author John William Templeton, who will share the findings with top government officials next week, said the study removes the invisibility of African-Americans in cutting edge fields.  Templeton also selects the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology, who will meet in Washington next January 15.

“With an unprecedented national investment in innovation, it is important to identify where our strongest performers are,” says Templeton.  This edition of the study is dedicated to the late Dr. Frank S. Greene, who passed last December. The Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame member and early semiconductor designer for Fairchild in the 1960s is featured in Templeton’s documentary Freedom Riders of the Cutting Edge.

“There are more than 350,000 African-Americans following in his footsteps whose role must be appreciated if America is to continue its leadership in innovation,” said Templeton.