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High-Tech Jobs Evaporate By the Thousands in Detroit and San Francisco Bay Area; Boston, San Diego, Seattle Hold Their Own

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New England (Boston + Worcester + Providence)

Jobs 262,920
Establishments 11,612
Payroll $25.7 billion
Employment change 2008-2009: -3900

Detroit

Jobs 95,042
Establishments 4,206
Payroll $7.6 billion
Employment change 2008-2009: -16,700

San Diego

Jobs 110,985
Establishments 4,402
Payroll $10.3 billion
Employment change 2008-2009: +500

San Francisco Bay Area (Oakland + San Francisco + San Jose/Silicon Valley)

Jobs 394,290
Establishments 12,941
Payroll $48.6 billion
Employment change 2008-2009: -16,100

Northwest (Seattle + Portland)

Jobs 211,005
Establishments 9,431
Payroll $19.8 billion
Employment change 2008-2009: -4100

The full Cybercities report contains more details, including the average wages of high-tech workers in each city, how those wages have changed since 2007, and employment breakdowns by industry sector. It’s available from TechAmerica for $150.

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  • jack

    This lists employment at high tech companies, which does not mean all jobs are high tech. There are marketing and sales and such firms, which are the first jobs to go. It doesn’t necessarily mean technical staff are being cut.

  • John Schaefer