Report shows most U.S. cities lost hi-tech jobs in 2009

“High-tech jobs make critical contributions to local economies in terms of innovation and high wages," Bond said. “But how to attract and retain them is the key question all mayors, city council officials and local business leaders grapple with. All of these cities compete not only with each other for talent and capital — they compete with technology hubs around the globe."

Bond suggested the quality of local math and science education would be crucial to ensuring future workers are prepared for the field. The top metro areas for hi-tech employment were New York, Los Angeles, San Jose/Silicon Valley, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Oklahoma City saw the largest increase in jobs at just more than 900, followed closely by Huntsville, Ala.