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November 1996

Employment in R&D-intensive high-tech industries in Texas

Donald Lyons, Bill William Luker, Jr.

Petroleum and chemicals still distinguish the Texas high-technology sector from its counterparts in other States; but employment growth in Texas has shifted recently, first to civilian durable goods-particularly personal computers-and then, more importantly, to high-tech services. In this article, we use a definition of "research-and-development (R&D) intensive," as applied to high-tech industries, developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the early 1990s, together with data from the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program (also known as the ES-202 program), to analyze the distinguishing features of Texas-based employment in R&D-intensive high-tech industries relative to that of California, Massachusetts, and, both implicitly and explicitly, the Nation as a whole.

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