Biotech sector bucks downturn

During the recession when many biotechnology jobs went away nationwide, Nebraska continued to add jobs in that sector.

While biotech jobs dropped 1.4 percent between 2007 and 2010 around the country, Nebraska’s grew to the tune of 7 percent. That has translated to more than 15,400 biotech jobs in the state through 2012.

The state has continued to add jobs in that sector, and a report by the Nebraska Legislature showed biotech jobs are spread around the state. While 32 percent of the jobs were in Omaha, and 25 percent in Lincoln, 43 percent were peppered around the state.

Ohio-based economic analysis firm Battelle found that Nebraska’a biotech jobs are in three specific areas: agricultural feedstock, medical devices and bioscience-related transportation and storage.

The report showed strong growth in the medical devices and equipment category. From 2007-2012 it added nearly 4,000 new positions, accounting for a 28-percent increase.

Source: Omaha World-Herald

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Kelley Chambers is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience covering news in Oklahoma. He has worked for the The Oklahoman, was editor-in-chief of The Vista at the University of Central Oklahoma, served as writer and later editor-in-chief of okcBIZ magazine,...

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