Employment growth in ICT direct industries has been dramatic since the turn of the century, increasing from 5,500 employees in 2000 to over 19,000 employees in 2016 (an increase of 250%). Notably, a large share of this growth has occurred since 2007 in the post-recessionary period when Wisconsin’s economy struggled to regain employment lost during the Great Recession. Not surprisingly, software publishers account for the greatest amount of ICT direct employees at 11,654. Computer systems design accounts for the second largest employment levels at 5,144 employees, while data processing, hosting, and related services and other information services combine to employ more than 2,500 employees.