TechAmerica Foundation : Orange County Totals 95,000 Tech Jobs in 2009


Orange County Totals 95,000 Tech Jobs in 2009

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Orange County Ranks 3rd in Space and Defense Systems Manufacturing Jobs

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 Orange County employed 95,000 workers, ranked 14th nationwide in 2009, the most current metropolitan data available.  This represents a loss of 5,400 jobs, or five percent, over the previous year.  These jobs are high paying; the average tech industry worker in Orange County earned $86,400, or 75 percent more than the metropolitan area’s average private sector wage.

The high-tech industry in Riverside-San Bernardino employed 24,800 workers in 2009, the most current metropolitan data available.  This represents a loss of 500 jobs, or two percent, over the previous year.  These jobs are high paying; the average tech industry worker in Riverside-San Bernardino earned $62,800, or 80 percent more than the metropolitan area’s average private sector wage.

Orange County’s largest high-tech sector was software, which employed 17,500 workers in 2009.  Following this was engineering services, with 14,400 workers, and telecommunications services, with 11,500 workers in 2009.

“Orange County has an extremely diverse and vibrant technology industry,” said Peter Craig, Chairman, Valicore Technologies and Executive Chair, TechAmerica Orange County.  “Anchored by world class universities such as UC Irvine and a quality of life that includes the city of Irvine, we remain a premier location for technology companies in a multitude of sectors.  Our industries span space and defense to semiconductors and computer manufacturing.  However, to remain attractive we need to continue investing in our schools, both K-12 and university, and in maintaining Orange County and California overall as attractive business destinations.”

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 www.techamericafoundation.org/cybercities to download the report, or call 408.987.4200.

What Does High Tech Mean for Orange County?

  • 95,000 high-tech workers in 2009 (14th ranked)
  • 5,400 jobs lost between 2008 and 2009 (51st ranked)
  • High-tech firms employed 77 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2009 (21st ranked)
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $86,400 (21st ranked), or 75 percent more than Orange County’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $8.2 billion in 2009 (14th ranked)
  • 5,000 high-tech establishments in 2009 (15th ranked)

Orange County’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 3rd in space and defense systems manufacturing employment with 6,000 jobs
  • 5th in electronic components and accessories manufacturing with 9,100 jobs
  • 7th in semiconductor manufacturing with 5,000 jobs

What Does High Tech Mean for Riverside-San Bernardino?

  • 24,800 high-tech workers in 2009 (45th ranked)
  • 500 jobs lost between 2008 and 2009 (17th ranked)
  • High-tech firms employed 26 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2009 (60th ranked)
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $62,800 (57th ranked), or 80 percent more than Orange County’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $1.6 billion in 2009 (50th ranked)
  • 1,700 high-tech establishments in 2009 (39th ranked)

Riverside-San Bernardino’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 19th in electronic components manufacturing employment with 2,300 jobs
  • 26th in telecommunications services employment with 8,400 jobs
  • 37th in measuring and control instruments manufacturing with 1,800 jobs

Notes:

Orange County, CA = Orange County.

Riverside-San Bernardino, CA = Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

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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