CCIE water cooler gossip: 100% of CCIE growth outside USA

Perhaps we have stumbled upon a pretty good reason as to why nowadays headhunters are finding it difficult to recruit US based CCIEs. Comparing September 2008 worldwide CCIE statistics vs. August 2008, 100% of the growth in the CCIE count occurred outside the United States! The total worldwide CCIE count in September increased 180. (17,840 - 17,660) Simultaneously, the CCIE count in the United States dropped by -1. (5,025 - 5,026) Increasing its CCIE count by 109, the Pacific Rim tallied 60% of the total growth in CCIE count and the Middle East had an increase of 18 for 10% of the total. India added 32 CCIEs for 17.7% and China added 42, claiming 23.3% of the world's total growth in CCIE count for itself. The CCIE count in Europe increased by 16 for 8.8% of the total. In North America, Canada saw its CCIE count increase by 14 or 7.7%, while Mexico increased its CCIE count by 7 or 3.8% of the total. Official response from CCIE Trainers - IPexpert. August 2008 vs. September 2008 Worldwide CCIE Count Comparison:

August 2008 vs. September 2008 Worldwide CCIE Count Comparison
August 2008 vs. September 2008 Worldwide CCIE Count Comparison
August 2008 vs. September 2008 Worldwide CCIE Count Comparison
August 2008 vs. September 2008 Worldwide CCIE Count Comparison
August 2008 vs. September 2008 Worldwide CCIE Count Comparison
August 2008 vs. September 2008 Worldwide CCIE Count Comparison
August 2008 vs. September 2008 Worldwide CCIE Count Comparison
August 2008 vs. September 2008 Worldwide CCIE Count Comparison
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Why do you think the United States appears to be no longer a "player" in growing the worldwide CCIE count? Has the US maxed out its CCIE opportunities leaving little motivation for US citizens to earn the coveted CCIE certification?

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