Between 2001 and 2011, over 742,000 new IT jobs were created, an increase of 29.1 percent.

While it makes sense for policymakers to look to new industries such as clean energy to power job creation, they often overlook the key role that information technology (IT) has played. Over the last decade, IT employment in the United States grew rapidly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2001 and 2011, over 742,000 new IT jobs were created. Indeed, employment in IT occupations in all industries grew more than 125 times faster than employment as a whole. And because of the growth in these highpaying jobs, GDP is over $104 billion larger in 2011 than it was in 2001.