Quebec's electronic gaming industry grew by nine per cent in 2012, Quebec tech industry workforce group TechnoCompétence said. “Despite a flurry of layoffs and studio closures during the year, the industry experienced a 9 per cent growth rate. The expansion in job creation is spectacular when compared to the 0.8 per cent overall job creation growth rate in Québec and the 1.6 per cent growth rate in information and communication technologies (ICT),” TechnoCompétence said in a release Wednesday. The group forecasted 5 to 10 per cent growth in 2013 for Quebec's electronic gaming industry, and noted that the "scarcity of experienced and talented candidates poses a major and recurring recruitment and retention challenge for employers." The group said it calculated the growth rate based on hiring forecasts data supplied by 55 companies that participated in a 2012 survey. It said the industry in Quebec added a net 713 jobs in 2012 for a total of 8,979 jobs. TechnoCompétence said 82 per cent of the jobs are in the Montréal region, 11 per cent in the Québec City region, and 7 per cent in other regions such as Estrie, Mauricie, Saguenay-Lac-Jean and Outaouais.