Top State in High-Tech Job Hiring Is... ...not the one you'd expect, according to a new report By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Oct 16, 2011 1:52 PM CDT 5 comments Comments Computer hard drives. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (Newser) – And the state filling the most high-tech jobs last year was … Michigan? Though many might have guessed California and its Silicon Valley would fill the top slot, the Great Lakes state actually takes top honors. “The fact that Michigan added more tech jobs in 2010 than any other state may surprise people—including people within the state,” says an exec for TechAmerica Midwest, which released the report. Michigan added 2,700 technology jobs between 2009 and 2010, an increase of almost 2% from the year prior. “Job gains in key sectors such as software and research and development have helped the state recover from hard economic times,” says the exec. Washington, DC, ranked second, followed by West Virginia, Utah, and South Carolina. California, however, still has the most tech positions overall, LiveScience reports.