TechAmerica Foundation : Los Angeles Totals 170,000 Tech Jobs in 2009

Los Angeles Totals 170,000 Tech Jobs in 2009

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Los Angeles Ranks 1st in Space and Defense Systems Manufacturing

Washington, DC (December 8, 2010) – TechAmerica Foundation today released its latest report on trends in the U.S. high-tech industry, Cybercities 2010: The Definitive Analysis of the High-Tech Industry in the Nation’s Top 60 Cities.  This detailed report tracks trends in high-tech employment, wages, establishments, payroll, employment concentration, and wage differential at the metropolitan level.

The high-tech industry in Los Angeles employed 170,000 workers, ranked sixth nationwide in 2009, the most current metropolitan data available.  This represents a loss of 7,300 jobs, or four percent, over the previous year.  These jobs are high paying; the average tech industry worker in Los Angeles earned $91,200, or 89 percent more than the metropolitan area’s average private sector wage.

Los Angeles’s two largest high-tech sectors were computer systems design and related services and space and defense systems manufacturing, which each employed 27,100 workers in 2009.  Following this was telecommunications services, with 26,000 workers in 2009.

“As the sixth largest technology city and the largest space and defense cluster, Los Angeles is leading the way for the tech industry and the nation,” said Paul Meyer, CFO of Cynvenio Biostystems and Chair, TechAmerica Los Angeles.  “All too often people think only of Hollywood when thinking about Los Angeles.  We also have an extremely vibrant defense and space sector and many tech services areas. We need to continue to nurture our research universities and improve our local and state business climate to take full advantage of the hundreds of thousands of well skilled individuals we have in the Los Angeles metro area.”

Cybercities 2010 shows that the top ten cybercities by high-tech employment in 2009 were New York, Washington, DC, San Jose/Silicon Valley, Boston, Dallas – Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Houston.

The nation’s highest tech industry employment concentration was in San Jose/Silicon Valley, where nearly thirty percent of private sector workers were employed by the tech industry.  Oklahoma City saw the largest tech industry employment growth, adding over 900 jobs in 2009.

Cybercities 2010 may be purchased for $150.  Visit to download the report, or call 408.987.4200.

What Does High Tech Mean for Los Angeles?

  • 170,000 high-tech workers in 2009 (6th ranked)
  • 7,300 jobs lost between 2008 and 2009 (55th ranked)
  • High-tech firms employed 50 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2009 (41st ranked)
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $91,200 (14th ranked), or 89 percent more than Los Angeles’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $15.5 billion in 2009 (5th ranked)
  • 8,200 high-tech establishments in 2009 (7th ranked)

Los Angeles’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 1st in space and defense systems manufacturing with 27,100 jobs
  • 4th in engineering services with 24,300 jobs
  • 5th in Internet services with 12,000 jobs


Los Angeles = California: Los Angeles County.

Data are for 2009 unless otherwise noted.

2009 data are the most current available for employment, wages, payroll, establishments, and industry sector jobs.

Source: Cybercities 2010 is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data

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