The state's labor market is in a period of transition, moving from the traditional, lower-skilled jobs in manufacturing to skilled-labor jobs created by the new computer technology. While manufacturing jobs decline-82,000 in textiles alone between 1977 and 1997-thousands of new technology jobs are being created and need workers. On the state's \"Fastest Growing Jobs\" list, computer scientist ranks No. 1, computer engineer No. 3, and systems analyst No. 4.