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The oil and gas industry is booming in Charlotte, where more than 550 companies -- some big, like Duke Energy (DUK, Fortune 500), and many much smaller -- have stepped up tech recruiting activity by 22% since last March. "That's impressive, considering that North Carolina's tech workforce already grew 6% in 2012," Silver notes. "A new wave of energy investments is underway right now, which will probably increase technology and engineering job creation even more."

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated March 20 2013 11:46 AM ET
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