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Women make up 40% of NYC tech workforce: Report

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Silicon Alley’s workforce has shaped up to be much more diverse than its West Coast cousin.

Women made up 40 percent of New York City’s tech industry as of 2014, according to new analysis of the city’s booming tech sector as measured by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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Women outpace men in jobs relating to scientific research and development 59 percent to 41 percent, but lag behind men in every other category, including software publishing and computer systems design.

About 37 percent of tech workers in the city are non-white, while 56 percent are over the age of 35, the Center for an Urban Future reported on Thursday.

Avi Flombaum, dean of programminghub the Flatiron School, called then new analysis “awesome.”

“You don’t see these kinds of numbers in Silicon Valley,” Flombaum added. “Tech in New York revolves around the local economy, which is tremendously diverse.”

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Women in California’s Silicon Valley make up about 23 percent of the technical workforce, according to the Anita Borg Institute, which works to eliminate the education and employment gap for women in tech.

The Center for an Urban Future analysis also found that while Manhattan leads the boroughs in terms of tech jobs — more than 96,000 — Brooklyn has exploded to 10,430 tech jobs from about half that 10 before.

The tech boom in Brooklyn isn’t unlike every other boom the borough has seen, Flobaum said, but he excepts numbers to only get better.

“As more industries realize how they can leverage tech, we’re going to see even more growth,” he said.

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