San Diego Report on Innovation Economy Still Shows Mixed Picture of Economic Recovery

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that San Diego’s tech sector represents only 6 percent of employers, and just over 11 percent of all jobs in the county. But tech employment also accounts for more than 25 percent of all wages—paying 90 percent more than the overall average industrial wage in San Diego County. The report estimates that 136,500 people were employed in San Diego’s tech sector during the second quarter, and new methodology developed by the institute estimates that number amounts to more than 12 percent of all tech jobs in California. In comparison, Santa Clara County has more than 200,000 tech jobs and Orange County has nearly 122,000.

—The value of federal grants awarded to research scientists in San Diego from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration totaled $383 million during the second quarter. That was a 35 percent increase over the $286 million in the first quarter, but the report did not provide a comparison to the second quarter of 2009. The $340 million in total NIH grants awarded during the quarter was the largest quarterly award total in over two years, according to the Connect Innovation Report.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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